Near Neighbours – additional boroughs

Near Neighbours areas

Areas of London eligible for funding under the expanded Near Neighbours programme.  Contact coordinators Becky or Tim (see Borough by Borough page) for details.

The Near Neighbours programme has expanded into more boroughs.  It offers small grants (£250 – £5,000) to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across different religious traditions & ethnicities in order to improve our communities.

Check whether areas of your borough are included and contact Becky (West and South London) or Tim (East and South East London) if you’d like more information or would like to talk over an idea.

Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.

Faith action audits

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LBFN’s convener on how local religious & community organisations can work with public agencies to co-produce and improve services.

LBFN was invited to the launch of the Cinnamon Network’s Faith Action Audits – a way of quantifying and demonstrating the value of faith-based social action to local authorities, borough police and other public agencies.  The audits will be led by local churches but will also include initiatives by temples, Islamic centres, synagogues and gurdwaras.

The audits have been designed to provide evidence for the impact of social action undertaken by local faith groups.  It’s hoped that presenting the evidence will enable closer working with the local public sector.

If you’re interested, read the press release, contact Anthony McKernan and find out if an audit is planned in your part of London.

Upcoming events in & around Kingston

Rashid Laher and Dianne MahboubiInter-faith Forums / Faithfull Friends events, kindly circulated by Rashid Ali Laher (above left – Kingston IF Forum, Richmond IF Forum and South London Inter Faith Group).  Download full details here.

Saturday 11 October 2pm  Britain has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution, and civil society has been at the forefront in welcoming and supporting refugees. Meet at All Saints Church Kingston. Walk with Sukkah, a ceremonial tent to mark the Jewish festival of Sukkot ~ highlighting the need to resettle refugees in communities not camps ~ details http://www.unhcr.org/542abbc16.html.

Monday 13 October ~ 1000-1600hrs ~ MILAAP Multi-Cultural Centre, Kingston.  Dr Chris Hewer (www.chrishewer.org) Study Day: “What is it to be a Woman? Focus on Islam”. Contact Diana Mills 020 8948 3276 dianamills@phonecoop.coop

Saturday 18 October ~ 1830 hrs Annual Gala Evening, Claremont Fan Court School, ESHER – an evening of “Foods & Performances” from diverse cultures. www.elmbridgemultifaith.org.uk Contact GeoffreyMorriss@emas-bc.co.uk 01932 868454.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 October ~ Hunger for Justice Weekend acting and praying for our climate. Invite your MP along and challenge them to act on climate change ~ Register your Church via website: www.christianaid.org.uk

Tuesday 4 November ~ “Faith Schools Should Not Be A Part of State Education” at 2000hrs ~ South Farnham School, Menin Way FARNHAM GU9 8DY ~ College Principal, 2 School Heads & CE British Humanist Society www.farnham.humanist.org.uk 01252 726684

Saturday 15 November ~ 1900 Hrs ~ “Concert in Aid of the Kingston Food Bank” at Saint Thomas Aquinas RC Church, Ham Street RICHMOND TW10 7HT ~ Tickets £5 per head ~ RashidAli Laher 020 8541 1330 rai.laher@blueyonder.co.uk

LAST THURSDAY most months (30 OCT, 27 NOV & 18 DEC) ~ Open Lunch Time Meetings South London Inter Faith Group at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Redlands Way, SW2 3LU.  Vegetarian Lunch 12.30pm followed at 1pm to 2pm ~ an opportunity to share Inter Faith news and experiences, and to discuss matters of concern to SLIFG.  Contact Reverend Alan Gadd ~ membership@southlondoninterfaith.org.uk.

Reflections from Sunday 14 September ~ Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames “Heritage Open Day” Inter Faith Walk ~ memorable day, worth remembering things to do and advance the need to sustain local volunteers, supporting the growing needs of the vulnerable living amongst us:
• Street Pastors in Kingston ~ www.kingston.streetpastors.org.uk
• Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness ~ www.kcah.org.uk
• Kingston Kaleidoscope Project ~ www.kaleidoscopeproject.org.uk
• Kingston Foodbank ~ Trussell Trust ~ www.kingston.foodbank.org.uk
• Kingston WelCare ~ Making Families Stronger ~ welcarekingston.org.uk
• Oxygen Kingston ~ Young Persons resources for Youth work ~ www.yfc.co.uk
• Joel Community Trust ~ New Centre for Homeless ~ www.joelcommunitytrust.org.uk
• Kingston Quakers:- Kingston’s first EcoFriendly Meeting Place www.kingstonquakers.org

London Peace Café

tufts-cafe-usaMembers of our peace-building social lab were extra busy last month marking the UN International Day of Peace:

  • daily broadcasts on Premier Radio
  • London Peace Conference at St Ethelburga’s
  • visits to Islamic centres, synagogues, churches
  • #Flights4Peace over the Thames

A huge number of people got involved.  We’d like to keep these connections & collaborations going over the winter months – how can we bring our networks and our expertise together for peace?

Watch this space for news of the London Peace Café – hot chocolate, spicy snacks and excellent company . . .

Black Mental Health conference 9 October

HOBVHealing Our Broken Village: how much do we know about Black Mental Health and what are we going to do about it?

Conference on Thursday 9 October 3.30-8pm at New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Rd, nr Tooting Bec tube, SW17 7BU.  Download the flyer.

A warm welcome to everyone across London who cares about

  • why there’s a disproportionately high number of black Londoners in mental health services
  • how local churches, mosques and temples can work with the NHS to co-produce better & earlier services which people trust

Speakers from local religious communities, London School of Economics, SW London Mental Health Trust, Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group - with workshops, interactive sessions and a shared supper to finish.

hobv5This is the sixth annual conference organised by Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network on Black Mental Health in partnership with clinicians and policy makers – and is always a lively occasion!

Participation is free, but register in advance here.

Working smarter: Training Tuesdays

Facebooktwitter-logoAre Facebook, Twitter & social media a waste of time?  Or valuable and worth the effort?

And how do we measure the positive impact our work is having?

FbRN logoOur friends at the Faith-based Regeneration Network are offering a couple of timely workshops:

Introduction to Social Media – Tuesday 14th October

Introduction to Impact Measurement – Tuesday 28th October

“These afternoon-long sessions will offer practical help, good ideas and actions to take away.

Registration from 1.00pm. Workshop 1.30-4.30pm.  Followed by tea/refreshments and an opportunity to network with participants and FbRN staff.

Offered at a great value introductory rate of just £10 per session, places are limited so if you want to learn more about communicating or understanding results, come along.”

Following on from LBFN’s recent afternoon on resources & funding, these workshops offer ideas on working in smarter and more effective ways for the benefit of our local communities.  Book now!

Upcoming events

Extremism eventHow can our multifaith society respond to increasing religious and political extremism?  A talk by Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi on Sunday 14 September 3-5pm at Corpus Christi Church Hall, Trent Road, Brixton, SW2 5BJ.

Mainly for Islington people (but ask Roz Miller if you are interested in attending from another borough), Islington Faiths Forum is holding a conference with Islington Council and Police – Making Islington Safer Together on Wednesday 17 September 10am – 3.30pm in the Council Chamber, Islington Town Hall.  Download the flyer here.

Not in London, but featuring several friends of LBFN, the Inter Faith Network for the UK‘s National Meeting in Birmingham on Monday 29 September 10.15am – 3pm.

Speakers include Acharya Modgala Duguid of Islington Faiths Forum, Angharad Thain of St Ethelburga’s, Jon Dal Din of Westminster Interfaith, Revd Daniel Otieno Ndale of Hillingdon Inter Faith Network and Phil Rosenberg of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and formerly of Faiths Forum for London.  The National Meeting is open to everyone** open to member organisations – download the programme here and the registration form here.  The theme this year is “Tough to talk?”.

Christian_Muslim_Forum_LogoThe Christian Muslim Forum is holding Lunchtime Dialogues at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4SA at 12-1.30pm on 2 October.

On 25 October 10am – 4pm, there is an Interfaith Community Event at Trinity at Bowes Methodist Centre in partnership with Oakthorpe Turkish School, Palmerston Road, Enfield, N22 8RA.  Download the flyer here.

And don’t forget our own Peace-Building in the 21st Century on Monday 15 September at St Ethelburga’s and the next LBFN meeting on 23 September in Camden, looking at how our local work is supported and funded.

** Thanks to Bessie White for correction below – only open to members of IFN UK, so if your faith forum isn’t yet a member, consider applying this year!