We are Brighton and Hove Faith in Action
We are a multi-faith charity, bringing together people from across Brighton and Hove who find common ground in wanting to help the poor and the persecuted, the hungry and the homeless, the lonely and the vulnerable.
Our work has united three-quarters of all faith groups in the city over the last five years, bringing together people of all faiths in a multi-faith setting.
We use the power of our collective beliefs and knowledge of community needs to drive, design and deliver projects that create positive societal change.
The global economic crisis of 2008 left Brighton and Hove battling an increase in poverty and personal debt. These issues have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and current economic conditions where Brighton & Hove has seen higher unemployment and lower wages than more affluenet parts of the country. These challenges have now continued for over a decade.
So what could be done to tackle this perfect storm? In 2012 and 2013, two significant reports 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.
The reports recommended studies be carried out to identify opportunities for partnerships betweeen local authorities and faith groups which could improve the lives of the most vulnerable.
No existing charity was suitable to carry out the work, so in Brighton, Lev Eakins and Rev Martin Poole took matters into their own hands and created one, recruiting trustees from active faith groups in the city which were offering the most help to those who so desperately needed it. Its aim was to try to plug the gaps that appear when public services are unable to meet rising demand.
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.