Faith-based organisations have engaged in a wide range of activities to help Syrian refugees, from raising funds and providing welfare support to campaigning on issues of resettlement and asylum.
CHRIS SHANNAHAN: Examining the political narratives that stand behind political leaders’ claims about wellbeing.
MAYA WARRIER: The South Asian medical tradition of Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the West in recent years, with practitioners of holistic health incorporating it into the alternative medicine sector. Since its introduction, it has been reshaped and linked with self-help literatures, while practitioner groups have pushed for increased regulation and government recognition.
SARAH HOBBS: Mental health assessments in the NHS take little account of personal factors such as ethnicity, culture, class and faith. In this article, Sarah Hobbs of Maslaha introduces the project, ‘Talking From The Heart’, designed to directly address the distinctive mental health issues being faced by Muslim communities in the UK.
The Trussell Trust was founded in 1997 to work homeless children in Bulgaria. In recent years, partly due to the debate about welfare reform, it has become better known as the organisation that runs Britain’s largest network of food banks. In this article, Ewan Gurr of the Trust writes about the charity’s Christian roots and motivations, and how its work relates to wider questions of empathy and social justice.