RFF Open Forum – Dementia Awareness – Services & Support in Redbridge March 2015

speakers 4.3.15 Dementia Open Forum 

Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) organised a very well attended Open Forum to mark International Women’s Day at Fullwell Cross Library on Wednesday 4th March 2015.  Information on the support and services available to people with dementia and their carers was presented by the following voluntary sector organisations – Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK Redbridge, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, Sikh Community Care Project, Redbridge Respite Care Association, Carers Trust EHHR and Redbridge Carers Support Service.  Additionally Councillor Farah Hussain and Jon Owen made a presentation to raise awareness of The Redbridge Fairness Commission which has been has been set up to investigate poverty and inequality in Redbridge and look at how the Council and its partners are taking action to address it.

Comments made by those attending included the following:-

  • “Amazing insight into local grass roots activity”
  • “All the presenters explained their services very clearly”
  • “I did not realise there were so many services available”
  • “Excellent informative evening”

A full report of our dementia awareness sessions and this Open Forum is available here

Holocaust Awareness Workshops January 2015

Two workshops were held in January 2015 in relation to Holocaust Awareness, preserving the memory and discussing what has been learnt from the Holocaust.  These were successful events and comments subsequently received from participants included

“It was encourging to know that women of different faith and different background felt safe to discuss sensitive topics”.

“It was very helpful to hear participants from different faiths discussing post and current topics relating to genocide and persecution.”

“Well done! Really enjoyed this”


Holocaust Awareness – Screening of Film “Besa: The Promise” February 2015

On 2nd February 2015 the Redbridge Faith Forum hosted a screening of this inspiring film at Ilford Central Library.  The film portrays goodness shining through evil as it records the true untold story of the Nazi occupation of Albania during which time not a single Jew was betrayed by its citizens who were mostly Muslims.  Everyone who attended found this to be a most worthwhile event and comments received afterwards included:-

“Thank you for this showing of the film – humbling inspiring – shows how a silent majority can have power in doing something very important.”

“Very powerful, very beautiful should be shown in many places”

“A very moving film”

“Lovely film! So happy I finally got to see it makes me want to go to Albania”

“I wish more of humanity behaved this way”

“It is very refreshing to come to such a forum where an effort is made by a team of people who care to show a different side to the holocaust”.

For further information click Press Release Besa the Promise 2 Feb 15


Towards Dementia Friendly Faith Communities

Big group @ Hindu Cente pic 2Big group @ Hindu Centre pic 12

The fifth and final repeat sessions of our “Towards Dementia Friendly Faith Communities” was held on Thursday afternoon, 1.30-3.00 pm 24th February 2015  at the Ilford Hindu Centre, 43 Cleveland Road, Ilford IG1 1EE.   This event was well attended and was very informative – we would like to thank Ali Antony of Alzheimer’s Society for explaining what Dementia is and how people can be assisted and supported to Live Well With Dementia and Vinaya Sharma and the VIP Hindu Centre for providing the venue and refreshments.

A full report of the 5 “Towards Dementia Friendly Faith Communities” sessions is available click here


Press Release – Women’s Interfaith Workshop & Towards Dementia Friendly Faith Communities

Press Release – Date 20th November 2014

Women’s Interfaith Workshop 12 November 2014 & Towards Dementia Friendly Faith Communities 17th November 2014

Redbridge Faith Forum held two informative and successful events in November.  The first was the Women’s Group which took place at the Singh Sabha London East Gurdwara, 722 High Road, Seven Kings on the 12th November 2014. Parminder Kaur Kondral and a group of Sikh women made all most welcome.

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