Celebrating Interfaith Week

Around 70 people came together at the Ilford Islamic Centre on Wednesday evening 14th November to celebrate national Interfaith Week.

Everyone enjoyed a vegetarian Indian Buffet Meal whilst socialising in the comfortable surroundings.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tashir Rashid extended a warm welcome to all the diners as did Phil Butcher, Co-Chair  and Mohammed Omer, trustee of Redbridge Faith Forum.

Some examples of feedback from guests

“It was a great opportunity to mingle with people of diverse backgrounds and the food was extremely delicious”

“We both had a great time.  Good company and a lovely dinner”

It was a splendid evening filled with fun, integration with other faith souls and the food was delicious”

Redbridge Faith Forum wishes to thank Ilford Islamic Centre for hosting this event and Masood Chaudhry of Capital Banquests for the wonderful catering

Walk of Peace – please give us your feedback!

We had a great time walking and talking together on Sunday at our peace walk through Ilford.  A report is available by clicking here but if you were one of the people who attended please do leave us your comments on the “contact us” facility on this website.  We really welcome your feedback as this helps us greatly in our planning for the future!  We look forward to reading your comments either by using the contact us page or by emailing us directly at faith.forum@redbridge.gov.uk 

Brochures were distributed on the walk giving information about the communities visited please click here to download a copy.

  • Redbridge Faith Forum Trustees and supporters Planting tree; Valentines Park

The event was filmed and the video footage is available here https://youtu.be/x6O1IYUlZo0

There is also some film available of the reflections at the Redbridge peace monument https://www.britishpakistanichristians.org/community-projects/hundreds-gather-at-redbridge-peace-pole-to-pray-for-peace-in-london




Working Definition of Islamophobia – 17.9.2018

The APPG on British Muslims is currently conducting an inquiry into a working definition of Islamophobia.


So far, the APPG has received wide-ranging written evidence for this inquiry. Evidence received has been from political representatives, civil society organisations, statutory bodies, Muslim organisations and by others that took part in the open written evidence process. Similarly, many oral evidence sessions were held by the APPG to gather further evidence. The APPG during the summer has now opened this process to local communities to further involve those on the grassroots.


The APPG has already held similar community consultation sessions in Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. The APPG believes it is extremely important to include grassroots actors and communities in this highly significant inquiry process.


The final community consultation is being held in London and I am honoured to host such an initiative in my own constituency. Although this is being held in my constituency invitations will be sent to contributors across London. Thus, on such an important piece of work, I would be grateful if you could join me in this consultation in London.


Session details:


Date: Monday 17th September 2018

Time: 6pm- 8pm

Venue: Gardens of Peace, 57 Elmbridge Rd, Hainault, Ilford IG6 3SW


This is a historic piece of work and your contributions will be highly beneficial. RSVP’s will be needed as places are limited. To RSVP contact admin@appgbritishmuslims.org 


To avoid being disappointed, RSVP as soon as possible. 


Please join us and the Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge to walk together through Ilford to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & mark International Peace Day.

We will be made welcome at the following faith venues and will hear about and discuss ways to promote peace and respect. Please join us for the whole or part of the walk (feel free to join/leave at any point)

 from 12.30pm   “Singing Peace Songs” with Redbridge Music Lounge in the Holocaust Memorial Gardens

12:45pm         Assemble at the Holocaust Memorial Garden, Valentines Park, Ilford (Cranbrook Rd entrance) –  Welcome & tree planting ceremony.

 1.00pm            Holocaust Memorial Garden – talk from a member of the Jewish community

1.45pm            Arrive at the Buddhist Vihara at 9 Balfour Road IG1 4HP– refreshments available.  (Shoes to be removed if entering the prayer room). Talk at 1.50pm

2.15 pm           Depart Vihara to continue Walk

2.30 pm           Arrive at the Hindu Temple, 43 Cleveland Road IG1 1EE (Shoes to be removed when entering temple). Talk at 2.35 pm

2.45 pm           Depart Temple to continue Walk

2.50 pm           Arrive at Ilford Islamic Community Centre 52 – 56 Albert Road IG1 1HW – Refreshments available. Talk at 2.55 pm and an opportunity to                   visit the Mosque (shoes need to be removed in mosque)

3.25 pm           Depart Community Centre to continue Walk

3.35 pm           Arrive at Vine Church, Riches Road, IG1 1JH  Enjoy a recital by the choirs

4.05 pm           Depart Church to continue Walk.

4.25 pm           Arrive at Karamsar Gurdwara, 400 High Road IG1 1TW  (Shoes to beremoved & men & women will be required to cover heads – head coverings supplied if necessary).

 Please note that everyone is invited to stay on to enjoy a vegetarian meal (Langar) at the Gurdwara.

Please click here for the flyer.



This was the topic of our July RFF Network Meeting where we first heard from Dr Arnold Fertig about the ongoing consultation for the public to comment on CCG proposals to make more urgent appointments bookable in advance by calling NHS 111, as well as the below two options:

  • Option 1: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres, at King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital. Bookable appointments available at eight community urgent care service locations, and no walk-in service at Loxford Polyclinic or South Hornchurch Health Centre.
  • Option 2: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres, – King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital. Bookable appointments available at ten community urgent care service locations, and no walk-in service at Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic or South Hornchurch Health Centre.

Everyone is encouraged to read the the consultation document and respond to the questionnaire on this website link. http://www.redbridgeccg.nhs.uk/urgent-care

After a short break the audience then heard a most engaging and thought-provoking talk from Dr Pamela Nkyi about the important role of faith groups in improving mental health.  We learnt about the determinants of mental health – social, economical, ecological and physical health and the importance of early intervention before mental ill health becomes chronic and more difficult to treat.  Dr Nkiyi works in public health at the council and explained that good mental health is a priority for Redbridge.  Please email the office on faith.forum@redbridge.gov.uk if you would like a copy of Dr Nkyi’s very informative powerpoint presentation.    Many people were keen to ask questions of Dr Nkiyi and everyone agreed that it had been a very helpful and positive experience to learn more about this vital topic that affects 65% of UK residents at some point in their lives.  Free training for faith and community groups about mental health is being offered on Tuesday 18th September 10am-12pm.  To book a place and get venue details please contact kate.griffiths@london.gov.uk.