We are currently developing courses, for which we are negotiating validation by West Suffolk College.


Course Leaders: Cynthia Capey and the EEFA Team

Venue: The Multi-Faith Centre, 47 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 2JL
(We intend to repeat this course at other venues around Suffolk)

Next course starts: 4th September 2019 (tbc)

Time: 10:00 AM till 12:30 Noon

Frequency: Fortnightly for 6 sessions

Aim of this course

To develop a deeper understanding of how our different cultures and religious traditions impact on care given and received.

Learning outcomes

To have gained a greater awareness of the diversity of society in East Anglia;
To be able to differentiate between religion, culture and spirituality;
To have established why religio-cultural competence is necessary for patient/client care;
To have recognised that everyone has a spiritual identity whether or not they are “religious”.


People who would benefit from this course include those involved in caring roles (eg. residential home staff, community safety officers, youth workers, faith leaders, pastoral assistants).


This course will be grounded in participants’ contexts and draw on their experiences.  Basic information will be communicated mostly through interaction and dialogue.  Learners will be provided with a student pack, including 2 course handbooks, and will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.  They may be able to achieve credits for work submitted.