Over the past decade, our work has brought together the majority of the faith groups in the city in a multi-faith setting.
BHFA formed in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008 which had left Brighton and Hove battling increased poverty and personal debt. These conditions have been compounded by the pandemic and cost of living crisis, which has caused Brighton & Hove to see higher unemployment and lower wages than more affluenet parts of the country.
We were inspired in 2012 and 2013, when two significant reports - linked below - highlighted the potential for local authorities to work with faith groups in their areas:
A report was authored by Jonathan Birdwell of the think-tank Demos that investigated twenty faith motivated organisations which work across a variety of policy areas. The report looked at the motivation to ’serve’, social justice and sensitivities about sharing faith with users.
A report sponsored by the Evangelical Alliance and published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group of Christians in Parliament designed to strengthening ties with, and understanding between faith groups and local authorities.
Faith communities were found to be "the permanent and persistent pillars of community action", and the reports called for the discovery of partnership opportunities betweeen local authorities and faith groups, aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable.
BHFA was founded to carry out this work, recruiting trustees from faith groups in the city which were offering the most help to those in need. The aim has always been to bolster services in the city with the strength represented by people of faith. You can read Our History and our latest News, and get in touch if you would like to get involved.
Brighton & Hove Faith in Action organises a number of events which are open to the public which includes the Faith Council. Observers are most welcome to attend. Other events include public meetings organised by ourselves, our members and other partners.
Information about our events can be found in the boxes to the right. Everyone is most warmly invited whether you are a person of faith or not.