Upcoming events

Peace Cafe 20 April 6pm MediaHustings and other election events (some of them this week) are listed here.

Monday 20 April 10am-4pm  Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network CoProduction Research Conference, Springfield Hospital, Tooting, SW17 7DJ

Monday 20 April 5.30pm – 7.30pm Peace Café at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.  Topic this month is “the media, peace and social justice“. Bring a little food to share.

Wednesday 20 April – last day to register to vote in the General Election.  Download Westminster Faith Exchange’s briefing here.

Wednesday 22 April 9am – 10.30am  Security Briefing at New Scotland Yard for places of worship and religious & belief communities.

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Immigrant Diaries at Southbank Centre

Wednesday 22 April 6pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop at the Khalsa Centre, 95 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW.

Friday 24 April 8.30pm Immigrant Diaries “Statistics don’t tell the story of immigrants; people do.” Guest comedians and entertainers share their stories of immigration at the Southbank Centre, SE1. £10.

Saturday 25 April 10am – 2pm Southwark Multifaith Health & Environment event at Southwark Carers, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN,  to learn more about plant based living.

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Woven Threads and Torn Fabrics

Sunday 26 April 4pm Woven Threads & Torn Fabric: the story of Yosef & Zuleikha.  A Jewish-Muslim telling of the Joseph story at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG. £10. www.woventhreads.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 29 April 2:30pm Faithful Friends (Richmond upon Thames) ‘What is Humanism and the Changing Religion and Belief Landscape in Britain‘ Talk by Jeremy Rodell in Room 2008, second floor, John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Rd Campus.

Near Neighbours invite Hammersmith and Fulham

Near Neighbours funding workshop on Friday 1 May 3pm in Hammersmith & Fulham

Friday 1 May 3pm – 4.30pm Near Neighbours Funding Workshop in Hammersmith & Fulham at St Andrew’s Church, Greyhound Road, London W14 9SA.  Download flyer here .

Tuesday 5 May 6.30pm Pre-election Frontline Film Club (18-30s), focusing on hot topics from the election campaign at Collaboration House, 77 Charlotte St, W1T 4PW.

Friday 8 May 10am Beyond Collaboration: co-creating the new at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. £48.

Sunday 10 May 9.30am – 4.30pm Repairing the Earth: A Jewish Muslim ResponseAn-Nisa Society in partnership with the Leo Baeck College invites Muslims and Jews to a text-based workshop.  £30.  Details and registration here.

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Diary of a Hounslow Girl 3-6 June Oval House Theatre, Lambeth

Sunday 10 May 8pm Council of Christians and Jews presents Nostra Aetate: More Sentiment Than Substance? at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET.

Wednesday 20 May 4pm Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group at the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, SW1. Sally Reith of Shared Interest on investing in a fairer world.

Thursday 28 May Camden’s Bridge The Gap, a new designated day to bring people together.

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 June New drama by Ambreen Razia Diary of a Hounslow Girl at Oval House Theatre, Kennington, Lambeth.

Saturday 6 June 10am – 4pm Hounslow Friends of Faith Walk of Peace and Friendship.

Designing and improving public services | 20 April | CoProduction Conference

9959244_orig1This is a conference for those of us working with our local councils, NHS and other public agencies.

By bringing the experience and expertise of our local communities together with those of the statutory bodies, we can co-design and co-produce public services that make a big difference to people’s lives, that use public money more effectively and which tackle the inequalities we are all aware of.

If your faith forum, church, temple, Islamic centre, synagogue or gurdwara is working with (or interested in working with) your local borough council or NHS, please come along.

WCEN’s CoProduction Research Conference is on Monday 20 April at Springfield Hospital in south London (Tooting Bec tube) & is open to religious and community groups from across London.

One of the workshops is tailored especially for those of us who are interested in getting started on making a contribution to the physical health & emotional wellbeing of our communities.

Professor John Benington (University of Warwick) is a leading thinker in the future of how public services are evolving and will be speaking on “mobilising movement for whole system change in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity”.  The day will finish with a conversation between Prof Benington and Wandsworth Council’s Chief Executive, Paul Martin.

It’s an opportunity to share ideas from across systems and social networks: academics, policy makers, public servants, local religious & community organisations.

The conference is free of charge and includes lunch.  Download the invitation and the programme and email nadeene@wcen.org if you plan to attend.

Health & wellbeing in partnership with NHS & boroughs

london catalystMany of us will remember Victor Willmott from London Catalyst, who joined us at our meeting last March at DCLG.  The Partners for Health (Health & Belief 2015) fund is now open and Victor has kindly invited LBFN members to apply (deadline 29 May, awards up to £10,000).

The fund is especially for charities, faith groups, voluntary & community organisations which are based in London & with an annual income of less than £200,000.  They are looking for projects that:

  • tackle the effects of poverty and reduce health inequalities
  • take a new approach or a thoughtful development in response to need
  • work with an expert health agency/provider
  • provide support for people with mental and physical health needs, in particular, the areas of mental health and addiction

The fund has supported Islington Faiths Forum‘s work on poverty and mental health.  It is well suited to members of our Health & Wellbeing social lab, prototyping local health & mental health services which combine community expertise with the professional knowledge of the NHS and local authorities.

Download the application form and guidlines here, and contact Victor for further advice and to talk through your ideas.

Lambeth, Croydon & Wandsworth – evening with Near Neighbours

Tooting Near Neighbours 23 MarchJoin Becky Brookman, the West (& South West) London coordinator for the Near Neighbours Programme, in Tooting (Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW, nearest tube Tooting Broadway) on Monday 23 March 6.15pm – 8pm.  Download the flyer here.  Hot food provided!

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, Faiths Together in Lambeth and the South London Interfaith Group are teaming up for a relaxed but engaging evening, talking about our local communities, how we can work together, sharing insights & knowledge, equipping and enabling us to transform our neighbourhoods.  The evening is especially tailored for the eligible areas in south London boroughs – all are welcome.

Becky will be giving us more information about Near Neighbours, the free training available, tips on filling in the forms and ideas on partnership and joint working.

Please pass the invitation on to those who may be interested.  Let LBFN’s convener know if you’re hoping to come along, or contact Nadeene directly at WCEN nadeene@wcen.org.uk.

Faith and Sexual Health

LBFN just received this invitation from Vernal Scott to a lunch meeting on Black and Ethnic Communities of Faith: Barriers to Our Sexual Health.

SAFER FORUM EVENT3The lunch and discussion takes place today, 6 November, at noon at St Peter’s Church, Walworth Road, SE17, and it’s unlikely any/many of us will be able to attend, but he is keen to keep in touch and to invite us to the next event.  Vernal writes,

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and all in the London Boroughs Faiths Network who is able to attend this important event about improving our sexual health and the related role of faith leaders.

A free lunch is included at noon.  All are welcome. 

May I take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt apologies for the short notice.”

Contact Vernal on 8741 1879 if you hope to attend and let me know if you would like to hear more about the work of the NAZ project.

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.

Church of England Synod

cmeacLBFN’s Convener is speaking at a fringe meeting “Mind The Gap: how to bring a radical new approach to local community involvement: transforming outcomes of historically excluded communities” at the Church of England’s General Synod this weekend.

The panel has been organised by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns.  Speakers include Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network’s Malik Gul and Lankelly Chase CEO Julian Corner.  It will follow a Synod debate on the Common Good, including a talk by Jim Wallis from Sojourners, USA.

If you are in York this weekend, please join us!  Download the flyer here.