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.

Redbridge & Tower Hamlets

Redbridge logoRedbridge Faith Forum has published an action-packed programme for the year, which includes wellbeing walks, a talent show, Walk of Peace, interfaith quiz and an open forum with Street Pastors.

Download it here and if you have something similar for your borough, send it in!

logo_thiffTower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council and sponsored by HSBC, has produced a handy Faith Calendar 2014.  It includes significant dates from thirteen religious traditions and will be useful throughout the year.  Download it here.

Mental Health & Poverty | 26 March | Islington Faiths Forum

IFF best practiceIslington Faiths Forum is holding a best practice conference on Wednesday 26 March 9.30am – 3.30pm at Islington Town Hall. The topic is one which affects many in our communities: mental health and poverty.  The day will be practical, informative and inspiring.  If you are interested in developing and supporting work in your own borough on poverty and mental health, IFF would be happy to hear from you.

IFF’s events always bring a wide range of people together from local religious communities, from public agencies and from academic and research bodies. Participation is free and lunch is included.

Download the programme and flyer to pass on to your networks and apply to Roz Miller if you would like to attend.  Roz will also be saying a few words at our next LBFN meeting on 11 March.

Faith & Old Age – Sunday 20 October

LAMAG’s autumn event is at the Ahl-ul-Bayt Islamic Centre, Clapham SW4 6EH, on Sunday 20 October 2.30-4.30pm.  The topic is Faith and Old Age and the speakers include Canon Ivor Smith-Cameron and psychiatrist Dr Raza Hashim.

Lamag-A4-AUTUMN13For further information please contact Simon Kewer.

Healthy mind, healthy body

healthy mind healthy bodyShort and enjoyable courses are starting in a local Islamic centre, a Buddhist centre, a church and a community association in Lambeth to find ways to a healthy mind and a healthy body.  Two of them are especially for women.

Faiths Together in Lambeth is working with the NHS to offer the 7-week courses.  FTiL’s Alan Gadd says

“Using a Health and Belief Grant from London Catalyst and Church Urban Fund, Faiths Together in Lambeth is supporting short courses on healthy eating, physical activity and mental wellbeing that are due to start soon.

The courses are being planned and delivered in consultation with partner health professionals in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.”

South London Islamic Centre, SW16 6NN (a course for women).  Wednesdays from 23rd October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from

Jamyang Buddhist Centre, SE11 4NA.  Thursdays from 31st October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from and flyer.

Loughborough Community Centre, SW9 7PD (a course for women).  Thursdays from 24th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Details from or

Emmanuel Church, West Dulwich, SE21 8BU.  Fridays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, details from

If you’re in Lambeth, or would like to do something similar in your borough, please contact the organisers above or email Alan at

Mental health and poverty | Islington Faiths Forum

IFF-mental-health-flyer-v2 (2)Islington Faiths Forum is working with Islington Public Health and London Catalyst and invites us all to this excellent event on Wednesday 20th March 9.30am – 3.30pm entitled Best Pratice and Networking Conference: Mental Health and Poverty.

Details are on the flyer above and programme, which is downloadable from the IFF website.  Contact Roz Miller if you would like to attend.

Safeguarding, Neighbourhood Renewal & the Big Society

Find the full listings of events during Inter Faith Week (20th – 26th November) at the IFW website, but here’s two which are of particular interest to us at LBFN, bringing local religious groups together with the public sector.

Faiths Together in Lambeth and the Lambeth Safeguarding Board have got together to present Safe Activities and Safe Environments for Children on Monday 21st November at 5.30pm.  Download the flyer here to find registration details – the evening includes a hot buffet and you will be particularly welcome if you live or work in Lambeth.

Steve Miller and Karen Walkden shared their expertise with us on this subject last year and introduced us to the Safe Network‘s materials.

The next evening (22nd November), in Battersea, the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network celebrate 10 years of churches, mosques & temples working together to make sure that high quality public services reach the people who depend on them most – the theme is From Neighbourhood Renewal to the Big Society?  Download the invitation here.  People with an interest in co-production (our May meeting touched on this) will enjoy this event, which is open to locals and visitors alike.

The guest speaker is Lord Maurice Glasman and will include a lively discussion on the future of social policy and community empowerment – plus plenty of good food!  Download in an invitation here and register here.

Would you like your Inter Faith Week event listed here?  If so, please let me know asap.

Peace and co-production

Three top events next week!

We reflected on the London riots at our LBFN meeting last Wednesday – a wide range of voices, a great depth of understanding.

Restoring Peace at Oasis Charities Parliament is an opportunity to share your views with the Communities and Victims Panel at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28th September at The Oasis Centre, 1 Kennington Road, SE1 7QP.

Islington Faiths Forum is holding a Peace Celebration this Sunday at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, N1 2TX.  There will be poetry and singing – an event for all age-groups.

All are welcome.

Interested in making public services better – especially for people who depend on them most?

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network is inviting everyone who is keen to see local faith groups get involved in co-production (and anyone who wants to find out what it is) to a major gathering.

Closing the Gap III will take place at the Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG on Wednesday 28th September at 4.30pm.

Click on the links to find out more and/or register.

Mixed faith marriage & parenting 22-24 June

Child of a mixed faith marriage?  Married to someone from a different religious tradition?  Know someone who is?

Channel 4 has written to London Boroughs Faiths Network, asking if anyone might be interested in taking part in their 4thought series.  They write:

If you are not familiar with the series: is a series of short programmes that transmits on Channel 4 everyday directly after the evening news. Each programme is approximately two minutes long and features one person speaking directly to camera. Each week is linked by an underlying theme related to a moral or ethical debate, an important anniversary or a news story.

The current week of programmes I am putting together will be focusing on mixed faith / interfaith marriages and specifically exploring raising children in a mixed faith environment.

I’m keen to hear the thoughts on this subject from people with experience in interfaith marriages, or from those couples in one of which converted to share their thoughts on whether or not it is more difficult to raise children within a mixed faith family or, if child from a mixed faith marriage feels they have benefited or been let down by being raised within this environment. 

Do you think anyone from the London Boroughs Faiths Network might be able to help me get in touch with couples who would like to chat to me about this week of programmes? will be filming in London next week.  Have a look at the website – previous contributors include Cristina Odone, Omid Djalili, Rishipal Singh and Christina Rees.

We’re hoping to film these interviews next week from 22nd – 24th June and possibly the week after, dates TBC.

We film in a central location in London, we’d need an hour of the person’s time on one of the days for a short informal interview and we will cover travel expenses.

Contact the assistant producer or LBFN’s convener if you’re interested – or know someone who might be.