Manchester Multifaith Centre
Our faith awareness work and social action have inspired people and improved positivity to different faiths. We will create a Multifaith Centre where people of all faiths and none can meet, learn from each other, develop mutual respect and plan joint work. Joint work with schools, youth and others.
January 2012 - December 2015
The Faith Network For Manchester (fn4m)
FN4M held a consultation event with 60 attendees at which 100% said they felt a multi-faith centre was important with 85% rating it as very or fairly important. 60% indicated they wished to be very or quite involved in its running. There is currently no such centre in the city. 90% rated education or awareness raising as very important features within such a provision.
The Multifaith Centre will provide a physical space in the City to promote education and awareness of different faith communities. In addition;
• Be a centre of excellence for effective interfaith engagement
• Base for other interfaith groups (MJF, HJAM, CCJ, CMF etc)
• More focused and co-ordinated planning and delivery of projects
• Increased capacity – staff, volunteers and funding – through having a base to focus from
• Utilise strengths, knowledge and experience of volunteers
Education and awareness raising
Activities» •Service provider offering resources, training and professional expertise to faith groups, schools, statutory and voluntary sector •Faiths festival
Success will be 300 people attending Interfaith training, conferences and events in the Multifaith Centre.
Delivering 100 'In Your Faith' session for young people
Focused and co-ordinated planning and delivery of Interfaith projects and activities
Activities» •Be a centre of excellence for effective interfaith engagement •Base for other Manchester interfaith groups (MJF, HJAM, CCJ, CMF etc)
Success will be developing an annual calendar and monthly newsletter covering interfaith and multifaith events in Manchester. Joint City-wide event to celebrate Interfaith week.
Develop faith-based volunteering in partnership with the Universities of Manchester
Activities» Develop a Volunteering Programme •Develop 'Diversitours' - an initiative to increase tourism to faith and cultural organisations in Manchester
Success will be 100 volunteers from the Universities & local residents signing up to volunteer for faith and non-faith causes. 'Diversitours' to be up and running with good uptake.
The Multifaith Centre will contribute to Manchester being a very inclusive City with greater awareness of different faiths.
•Challenge public apathy/antipathy to faith
•Run activities in partnership with other organisations
•Provide meeting/small conference/training facilities for other organisations
•Contribute to positive perception of Manchester through involvement in ‘I Love Mcr’ and other initiatives.
There is a risk that the Multifaith Centre could be seen as a place of worship. We have dealt with this risk by listening to those who took part in the consultation and have designated a nearby room outside the Centre as a place for multifaith worship.
Funders of this project will receive a quarterly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,715Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,200 Utilities & Rates electricity,gas, business rates £20,000 Centre Director Part-time Centre Director £8,000 Administrator Part-time Administrator £4,200 Decoration Refurbishment & Redecoration £2,600 Sessional Work Delivery of workshops/seminars £3,600 Training Courses Interfaith Awareness training £2,565 Artefact & Publicity 2 interfaith resource packs & Publicity £2,550 Furniture & Child Care Office furniture and volunteers child care costs
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Awards for All £9,995 Guaranteed
Located at the University of Manchester, Oxford Road.
People of faith, local residents, students from the Universities, young people from schools, colleges and youth groups.
We are the interfaith forum for the City and have led on interfaith initiatives.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chair, Faith Network 4 Manchester Co-Chair, Muslim Jewish Forum for Greater Manchester
Revd Dr Terry Biddington
Co-ordinating Chaplain, Chaplaincy Services to the Manchester Higher Education Community: Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University