Inter Faith Enterprise Catalyst


Programme Aimed at Young People in Regions Community

Near Neighbours has announced that the Catalyst Interfaith Leadership Training will be running in Smethwick. The course is for people of faith aged 18-30 who live, work or worship in Birmingham or the Black Country.


Catalyst is a dynamic and interactive programme to make real the potential of young adults so that they can change their communities for the better. The Catalyst programme consists of 4 training days. The course is free and is accredited by Leicester University.


Sat 19th September 9:30am to 4pm Faith and Identity with Dilwar Hussain

Sun 20th September 9:30am to 4pm Leadership with Aamer Naeem

 Sat 26th September 9:30am to 4pm Conflict and Power with Lisa Cummings

Sunday 27th September 9:30am to 4pm Media and Communication with Paresh Solanki


Training Venue

Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Nearest Station: Smethwick Rolfe Street

Is the programme accredited?

The Catalyst programme is accredited by Leicester University. This is as a result of previous work completed by colleagues at the St Philips Centre. We have worked with them to ensure that we have a strong exploratory and interactive programme that helps us to flexibly incorporate the requirements of an accredited programme too.

What practical and theoretical areas will the programme cover?

We believe that participant contributions and perspectives are vital as such there will be plenty of opportunity to contribute towards discussions around the topics of identity, faith, belonging, unpack concepts of “power” and “leadership” and acquire some practical conflict resolution and media and communication skills from expert scholar practitioners. The aim is that the knowledge and skills acquired during the training will be used by participants in their local contexts.

What Values underpin Catalyst?

We hope to encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and long term cooperation. All participants will be expected to complete a Catalyst Values Statement and will be expected to adhere to Catalyst Ground Rules whilst on the programme. These will be provided once candidates have been selected.

What will happen after the training?

It is hoped that Participants will continue to maintain links with one another both through the online social media presence but also through face to face meetings. The Near Neighbours Coordinator will help to facilitate this.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Training will take place at the Brasshouse Lane Community Centre in Smethwick. For an application pack please contact



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