The West Midlands Faiths Forum (WMFF) 4 key aims are to:
- Be a 'connecting hub' linking the faith sector with wider society and strategic bodies to inform and influence policy and decision making.
- Facilitate discussion between and research among faith communities on matters of social and religious concern.
- Help strengthen the capacity of faith communities to engage with policy-makers and service providers at local, regional and natioal levels and to act as their advocate.
- Encourage community engagement and cohesion both through inter faith dialogue and discussion with the wider public.
Background to the West Midlands Faiths Forum
Following a period of research and development led by Regional Action West Midlands (RAWM), the West Midlands Faiths Forum was launched in June 2003 to provide a ‘meeting place' for the voices of the diversity of faith groups, and to provide a medium whereby views can be heard and gathered in a structured manner by regional bodies, in particular the Regional Assembly established as part of the devolution policy of the Government at that time.
The West Midlands Faiths Forum (WMFF) received its initial funding through the Regional Strategic Engagement Fund, resourced by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the West Midlands Regional Assembly. Subsequently the Forum received other funding various sources, including the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund.
Throughout this period the West Midlands Faiths Forum was organised through an Executive Committee that reflects the region’s diversity. Up until March 2011, the accountable body for the West Midlands Faiths Forum was the Birmingham Community Foundation.
The Government's change in policy towards regionalisation following the last generaal election, the funding for the Forum reduced drastically in March 2011. Since that time is has been operating on a voluntary basis through a Board and Executive Committee as a company limited by gaurentee.
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