Torn from home is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.
There are activities across the capital to mark this important day. Some of the borough events are listed below. Find an activity near you on the HMD site.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Torn from home encourages us to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 people across the UK will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.
HMD 2019 will include marking the 25th anniversary of
the Genocide in Rwanda, which began in April 1994 and the 40th
anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia, which ended in 1979.
HMD activity organisers may particularly want to acknowledge this
milestone anniversary, and reflect on how this theme impacts on members
of the Rwandan and Cambodian communities.
Click on the dates for borough HMD 2019 events. If you know of others, please add a comment to this post with details. A map of activities is on the HMD site.
London’s faith communities are open and welcoming!
In step with the Mayor’s #LondonIsOpen message, a short film has been shot on location across the capital and includes Sikh, Quaker, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist & Baha’i places opening their doors.
Against a backdrop of international tensions and increased hate crime, London’s faith groups, from humble to grand, are not closed and fearful – we remain open and welcoming!
Inter Faith Week events across London are screening the new film as part of their activities – you are welcome to do the same by using this link. Can you identify the different places?
Thanks to everyone who responded to our email during the summer and welcomed in the cameras – we were overwhelmed with offers. A big thank you to Rosalind Parker and Jack Jeffreys for the filming. For any who would like to get involved in the next stage, our #LondonIsOpen initiative continues – join us at 3pm on Tuesday 6 December at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW, to plan for 2017. Let us know if you’d like to join us.
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.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, is revisiting every London borough with senior Metropolitan Police officers. Sixteen boroughs were visited early in 2014.
They will be talking about local policing, telling us how they’ve been putting the Police and Crime Plan into practice and answering our questions.
Following our recent meeting at New Scotland Yard with Commander Mak Chishty, the roadshow may provide another opportunity to contact our Borough Commanders to talk about their engagement plans with local faith forums.
The next 16 events are scheduled from September to December. Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. They are asking people to register now and to let them know of any access needs.
The NHS and public health agencies are struggling withtuberculosis.
London is now the TB capital of Europe, with hotspots in Brent, Newham, Hounslowand several other boroughs. There is a lack of understanding of how communities work, how the disease is transmitted, the early symptoms and how treatment can be most effective.
Some communities are particularly affected and Islamic centres with members from a broad range of backgrounds are in a good position to take the lead on raising awareness.
TB rates per 100,000 population in London boroughs, 2009. (Source: HPA)
At an event on Monday 24 March at 11am* (World TB Day) at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, Dr Shuja Shafi of the Muslim Council of Britain (who is a medical doctor), Islamic centres in London and NHS clinicians will explore how local religious communities could take a lead. They will be able to pilot new ways of working with health professionals in preventing the rise of TB and of ensuring early detection and successful treatment.
If you are from one of the “red” boroughs on the map above, or from a pocket elsewhere which is affected by high TB rates, or have an interest in preventing illness or in hospital chaplaincy, please join us for this exploratory discussion. Register here to book your place, which is free of charge. No previous knowledge of TB is necessary. Contact LBFN for further information.
* Update – this event is postponed and now likely to take place in May.