Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) is an independent organisation that aims to give Faith Communities in Redbridge a collective voice by identifying and addressing issues that affect residents. RFF’s inaugural meeting took place in December 2003 and was registered as a Charity in 2006 (Reg No 1118675)
Redbridge Faith Forum was delighted to be one of the Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Barbara White’s chosen charities for her Mayor’s Appeal in 2015-16.
Our vision is to work towards and build a community that respects, co-operates with and understands the integrity of each other’s beliefs, culture and traditions
We hold regular public meetings to discuss social issues affecting faith communities such as education, health, and regeneration and to promote social cohesion. A news bulletin is circulated to 1200 people each month giving information about local events and current individual faith festivals and significant dates. A well supported event is our Annual Multi Faith Walk of Peace which visits different faith venues in the borough of Redbridge in . Click here for information about past Walks.
RFF has a Board of Trustees made up of faith practitioners from all of the main religions represented in the Borough. It has adopted Respect, Co-operation and Understanding as its key motto. Trustees are very active on many statutory and community boards and committees and contribute to other voluntary sector events. The Chair of Redbridge Faith Forum was a Commissioner on The Fairness Commission during 2015-16.
The Redbridge Compact
The Redbridge Compact entitled ‘Good Practice for Working Together’ is a joint agreement between voluntary groups and public bodies and exists to help the partners improve their relationship for mutual advantage and gain. Redbridge has had a Voluntary Sector Compact in place since 2003; this has made a significant contribution toward the development of an effective partnership between statutory bodies and voluntary organisations. The partners believe that working in partnership is a cornerstone to local success. The Redbridge Compact is reviewed and refreshed every 3 years to keep up with new ways of working the Redbridge Compact Action Plan 2015-2018 is available by clicking here
There is a Redbridge Compact Champions Group made up of senior offices from the Council, the NHS, the local Police service, the local Fire service, Redbridge CVS, Redbridge Faith Forum and the Redbridge Public and Voluntary Sectors’ Partnership. The Group meets regularly to discuss and review the implementation of the Compact, to look for opportunities for collaborative working, to identify any under-performance and identify remedial actions as necessary. It oversees the development and implementation of a three-year Action Plan. Jacquie Grieve, Compact Champion can be contacted at the RFF office by email – firstname.lastname@example.org and by post to Room 76 Redbridge Town Hall 128-142 High Road Ilford IG1 1DD Phone 020 708 2478.
What does the Compact do:
- Defines what partners can expect from each other
- Recognises the full value of what local groups do and how they can help public bodies improve decisions and services
- Expands what can be done together through converting common purpose into wins
- Helps build a thriving community. Redbridge citizens get better results when we use a Compact way of working together
- Explains how to involve groups in what public services are doing
- Offers groups a stronger voice and support for what they do
- Gives public bodies a sounding board for what will work locally
The Compact’s commitments:
The Redbridge Compact 2015-2018 is underpinned by the following commitments:
- Voluntary groups have the right to campaign and challenge public bodies without risking funding
- Public bodies will involve citizens and work with local voluntary groups
- Public bodies will consult local groups on issues affecting them
- Public consultations will run for at least 12 weeks wherever possible
- Partnership and participation will be fully inclusive wherever possible
- Volunteers will be supported and deployed appropriately
- Full cost recovery principles will be adhered to, and payment of funding will be in instalments and in advance wherever possible (with the exception of “payments by results” contracts)
- Partners will abide by this Compact and share responsibility for making it happen by holding each other to account
- Redbridge Compact Champions Group will ensure accountability and address non compliance
- Partners understand that mistakes and misunderstandings occur, which they will resolve
- Whenever a partner is unable to be Compact-compliant it will have to explain why, and find the best way forward
National Compact Awards
In 2015 Redbridge Faith Forum was shortlisted for the National Compact Advancing Equality Award which it had previously won in 2012. This is given for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to equality: through promoting services, activities, or events which help advance equality of opportunity, or actively seek to tackle and challenge discrimination.