Near Neighbours offers 4 highly successful project development workshop options:  

  1. Faith Based Fundraising – a day workshop introduction to all aspects of fundraising designed for people who are new to the subject or have a role in overseeing fundraising  
  2. Faithful Fundraising – a day workshop exploration of how to write grant fundraising applications, for those with some basic experience who would like to improve their bids
  3. Faithful Organisations – a half day or evening workshop on exploring good practice for those who manage or govern places of worship or faith based social action projects
  4. Safeguarding in Faith Organisations – a half day or evening workshop to raise awareness of the need to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe in places of worship and faith based social action projects  

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project. The workshops offer high value experience from over 30 years of work in faith communities and are available at a nominal cost for Near Neighbours project participants and their partner agencies.

Workshops are designed to help people learn from each other’s experience. Very often projects find that they make new friends and partnerships with other participants in the locality who might support each other’s work.

When a single organisation has a need for multiple participants to attend a workshop it is possible to organise a bespoke session specifically for their needs. Workshops are regularly organised in each Near Neighbours location so speak to your local Near Neighbours Coordinator for booking details.

For general information on the content and benefits of the workshops please contact John McCallum, East Midlands Coordinator who is the workshop lead for Near Neighbours: 07557 669577 or [email protected].



In partnership with the Interfaith Network for the UK; this toolkit supports positive cross-faith engagement for the common good and inter faith understanding. It can help you reach out and engage with people of different faiths in your area, creating diverse project work and supporting people as they engage in social action for the good of their neighbourhoods Available here.




This toolkit provides the ideas, information, and support that will enable you to grow your social media base as you engage with your community and publicise the great work you are doing. Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, you'll find something in this toolkit for you! Download your toolkit here.



Snapshots offers guidance and examples of successful projects funded by Near Neighbours. This acts as a resource for people who would like to bring their neighbours together but don't quite know what project to run to make this happen. Read it here.




Near Neighbours, with Church Urban Fund, has produced a new resource 'Faithfully Volunteering'. It is a good practice guide for faith projects involved in Volunteering, and for Volunteer Centres and Councils for Voluntary Service who work with them.


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John McCallum, our Coordinator in Leicester, has developed a number of toolkits to help grassroots projects. These include support on governance, safeguarding, promotion, and fundraising.

Toolkit 1: ’20 Fundraising Steps: Fundraising for Social and Community Needs
This toolkit “will help you plan your fundraising strategy in 20 progressive steps by revealing ‘tricks of the trade’. Every project will have its own unique requirements, but this toolkit is based on factors common to all and compiled from the practice of many successful Faith base fundraisers.”

Toolkit 2: ‘Telling Your Story: Using Words & Images to tell Decision Makers about your Project
“Faith groups that have learnt how to tell their story well will have a competitive edge in the increasingly crowded world of fundraising, and are more likely to be representative of the views and aspirations of the people they serve.”

Toolkit 3: ‘Applications for Fundraising
“This toolkit is designed to help you understand what a funder is looking for in your application tothem and reveals the hidden things that they won’t necessarily ask for but will still want to see.”

Toolkit 4: ‘Vision Development Tools
“Whatever your project activity, the people who run, manage and fund it will need clarity on what you are trying to achieve. This is particularly crucial for the beneficiaries of the project, as without a clear vision of your work you may be unable to deliver what they this Toolkit you don’t have to possess existing skills to become a visionary person. The tools are simple and easy to use by people of all backgrounds and will help explore, revisit and develop your Project’s Vision.”

Toolkit 5: ‘How to Use the Media; How to promote your project on TV, radio and in newspapers
“Community projects, and particularly interfaith projects, are involved in activities and events that, from time to time, will interest local newspapers, radio, and sometimes regional TV. With limited resources, the skill is to know when to put energy into promoting your project. This toolkit provides guidelines for effective media coverage to help you to maximise the benefit of publicity.”

Toolkit 6: ‘How to Promote Your Project
This toolkit will help you consider three important questions in promoting your project; ‘What is my Message?’, ‘Who are my Audience?’ and ‘What is the Best and Most Cost Effective Way to reach your Audience?’ The toolkit will help you reach the people your project is most designed to impact. 

Toolkit 7: ‘Planning Your Budget
This Toolkit will help you to construct a basic budget, setting out your plans in an understandable and appropriate financial description of activity.

Toolkit 8: 'Faith Based Project Planning'

"To help explain, encourage and direct a faith based activity, a plan of some sort will normally be needed and this toolkit offers ideas and examples of how planning activity might be used by faith communities to help them ‘know where they are going’ with a project."

Toolkit 9: 'Safeguarding'

This toolkit is aimed at helping places of worship and faith-based community organisations to be better informed of what they might do to provide the very best care for children and young people.

Toolkit 10: 'Finding Out: Research & Monitoring for Project Fundraising'

"This Toolkit is based on the experiences of a wide range of...groups that have successfully used research and monitoring to advance their work with neighbourhoods. You won’t always find research and monitoring requirements listed in the guidelines given to you by a funder, but they will in fact be keen to see the evidence of these aspects of your work as indicators of a well-run project."