A recent fundraising appeal by the Bath and North East Somerset Faith Foundation has raised £8,000 for two new projects in the local area.
The organisation, which promotes and encourages social cohesion and dialogue between religious groups, launched a fundraising campaign last year.
Director of the Faith Foundation, Nathan Hartley, said: “Thanks to everyone who has donated to our appeal.
“We’re 100% funded through voluntary contributions and grants and without the support and generosity of others we wouldn’t be able to carry out the important work that we do.”
The £8,000 was raised thanks to donations from the public, plus a grant from the Birmingham-based Westhill Endowment charity, an organisation that funds educational and faith-based projects across the UK.
Nathan added: “This new funding means we can now launch two new projects at the start of a New Year, both of which will be focussed on tacking loneliness and isolation in Bath and North East Somerset.
The £8,000 will be used to fund a new interfaith project in Midsomer Norton. The £5,000 initiative hopes to bring together various faith groups with the aim of promoting collaboration and positive dialogue.
The money will also fund a series of mental health, mindfulness workshops in Bath, costing £3,000. Through the practice of kirtan yoga, people attending will be encouraged to take up mantra meditation.
More details will be released about both projects, and how people can get involved, throughout January.