Mayor of London: security for places of worship

We’ve just received an invitation from the Mayor of London’s office (the Countering Violent Extremism team at MOPAC).

The Mayor is organising a gathering on security for places of worship next Wednesday evening.

Everyone is welcome.  Please sign up so that your name is on the Guest List.  The event is free of charge.

This event will focus on extremism, but we will share information from our training course on being prepared for other threats as well.

What: Multi Faith Security Advice

Where: City Hall, SE1 2AA

When: Wednesday 8 May 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Further information is below, but remember to register in advance so that you can enter City Hall.

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The Mayor of London would like to invite you to City Hall to attend an important workshop on safety and security for places of worship on Wednesday 8th May in London’s Living Room at City Hall from 17:30 – 20:30.

This session, which is being hosted by City Hall and delivered in collaboration with Faith Associates and the Faiths Forum for London, will see specialists from civil society, the police, designing out crime experts, central government, charities sector and faith communities who will deliver advice on practical steps that can be taken to mitigate safety and security risks for places of worship premises and their worshippers.

Doors will open at 16:30 for a 17:30 start. The session will end at 20:30 which will include a networking opportunity with specialists and experts. Refreshments will be served.

The Mayor’s number one priority is keeping Londoners safe and he is doing all he can to ensure the safety and security of London’s faith community.  Tragic recent events in Christchurch, Sri-Lanka and San Diego have shown the targeting of faith communities by violent extremists and this event will share expert advice on how to mitigate this risk.

Please register for this event as spaces are limited. Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multi-faith-security-advice-seminar-at-city-hall-tickets-61038372415

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Practical inter faith work – course

london interfaith centre logoA new course on practical inter faith work is being run by Rev Maggie Hindley at the London Inter Faith Centre at 125 Salusbury Road, NW6 6LP.

It’s running for one Tuesday each month (the October session has already taken place) and is helping Christian lay people and clergy with inter faith engagement in their own contexts.

The purpose of the course is

To introduce participants to a range of examples of good practice in Inter Faith work

To enable participants to develop a piece of Inter Faith work in their own locality

To offer participants some tools for reflection on their Inter Faith engagement

To consolidate an Inter Faith network within and around London

Participants will visit a different location each week.  The dates/times are Tuesdays at 10am – 4pm: (8th Oct), 5th Nov, 10th Dec, 14th Jan, 11th Feb, 11th March, 8th April, 6th May, 10th June & 7th July.

Contact Maggie if you’re interested in joining.  The cost is £300 (bursaries available), which includes travel, a hot lunch and course materials.

Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board – training day

lscbA free training day for religious and cultural groups will take place on 27 September in Brixton, SW2.

The day is designed for small groups who work with young people and are not commissioned by Lambeth Council, such as faith and cultural groups.

Features of the training day will include:

  • Details of support available to the faith sector and small independent organisations
  • Practical guidance on safer recruitment
  • Advice on child accident prevention, road safety & fire safety
  • Time to network with similar organisations
  • A chance to speak to the Local Authority Designated Officer and specialists from the LSCB, the Safe Network, Lambeth Children’s Services, Health, Police and Fire services
  • Information about free safeguarding training and resources
  • Updates on hot topics such as e-safety & sexual exploitation

Download the flyer and fill in the booking form if you are interesting in applying.  Thanks to Faiths Together in Lambeth for sharing this opportunity.  Are there other boroughs offering this kind of training?