Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) October Bulletin

Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) October Bulletin – Ruth Meredith

22nd October 2015

Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) October Bulletin

Dear colleagues,

I hope this email finds you all well.

Please find below some key news and ongoing work from DCLG. If you have anything that you’d like included in November’s bulletin, please let us know.

Best wishes,
Hilary, Mark, Harriet, Divya and Ruth
DCLG Faith Team


Women Leading Together (Nisa-Nisham)

On the 14th October, DCLG officials attended the launch event of Nisa Nisham, commonly known as Women Leading Together. Nisa-Nashim aims to strengthen relationships between the British Muslim and Jewish communities and to encourage more women into leadership roles. Nisa-Nashim will work in four streams: business, culture, social action and sports – each led by a pair of Jewish and Muslim women. This project has three fold main aims:

1) to bring together the Jewish and Muslim communities through their women;

2) to develop leadership skills in women;

3) to bring benefits to the wider community.

The launch saw DCLG’s Permanent Secretary, Melanie Dawes speak about the importance of interfaith work, alongside students from the Islamia Girls School speaking about their experiences. If you’d like to find out more, or get involved in the project, click here.

Hindu Report

We’d like to remind you that the report on the British Hindu community by the Hindu Council UK (HCUK) is still open for submissions here:

The report will be written by Sneha Roy, who is studying for her Masters degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology at Durham University.

The British Hindu Community form approximately 1.5% of the total population living in the UK and contribute immensely in various sectors of local and national forums. The Hindu Report UK (2015) is the first ever effort to present the opinions and thoughts of the Hindu Community, focusing primarily on the needs and successes of Britain’s Hindus. The aim of the report will be to offer government bodies, national institutions, and other organisations with an interest in promoting integration, an insight and a better understanding of the Hindu community in the UK, with the information hopefully helping stakeholders in their policy decision-making.

To help the HCUK compile a report that is an accurate reflection of the British Hindu community, please take this opportunity to fill the survey in, by clicking the link below. HCUK assure everybody that your data is strictly anonymous, confidential and protected. HCUK also invite you to share the survey widely to all in your network.

The Hindu Report team at HCUK thank you in advance for your time in completing the survey.

Near Neighbours 1000th Grant Event

DCLG’s flagship integration programme, Near Neighbours, is about to celebrate giving it’s 1000th grant to a community group! The Faith Team is currently working on a celebratory event, so look out for more details. If you’re interested in the work that Near Neighbours does in bringing communities together, take a look at some of their case studies.

Sanjay Jagatia
Director/Secretary General
Hindu Council UK
Tel: 07969756164