Redbridge Faith Forum sends you best wishes for a very Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at our January Networking Meeting which takes place in the Gloucester Room of Central Library. Clements Road Ilford from 12 noon to 1.30 pm (registration from 11.45 am) on Tuesday 29th January.  The meeting will focus on Rough Sleepers and Homelessness including an update on Project Malachi. Flyer available by clicking here.

We also invite all women to our next Women’s Interfaith Workshop on Wednesday afternoon, 13th February at the Ilford Islamic Centre in Albert Road, IG1 1HW.  The topic will be Births: Ceremony, Custom and Tradition.  Flyer available by clicking here



Consultation on Council’s Homelessness Strategy

The council has been working over the summer on producing a new Homelessness Strategy which was approved by Cabinet on 13 November 2018.

The formal consultation is now live online via the council’s website where you will also find the draft Strategy:


The draft Strategy sets out the council’s intended approach to addressing homelessness in the Borough, and builds upon the review that took place over the summer period. This is outlined further in the appendices to the draft– the evidence base, the organisations involved in tackling homelessness, and the key issues identified during the informal consultation with internal and external stakeholders in the summer.

The aim for the Strategy is: “The council and its partners working collaboratively to prevent and reduce homelessness and to proactively end rough sleeping.”

 The consultation is live until Friday 22nd February 2019 and you are welcome to share the link with local constituents and stakeholders. We would encourage any interested persons to respond to the consultation sooner to enable time to draft the final Strategy and consultation report for the Cabinet meeting in March 2019.

Any queries to Hitesh Tailor, Strategy & Partnerships Officer, LBR, Lynton House, 255-259 Ilford High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NN

Tel: 020 8708 4978

Email: hitesh.tailor@redbridge.gov.uk

BIRTHS – Ceremony Customs and Tradition

This is the new theme for our Women’s Interfaith Workshops.  Our first workshop looked at this life event from Hindu and Buddhist viewpoints.  Other faiths will feature in future workshops.

It proved to be very interesting to discover similarities but also differences between the ceremonies, customs and traditions that surround pregnancy and birth in these two faiths.

A full report is available by clicking here

The Spark Project Update – Public Consultation

Mercato Metropolitano who are the provider selected to create Mercato Ilford – a sustainable and inclusive community market located in what is currently Town Hall Car Park.

They extend an invation to a public consultion in the foyer of the Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA on Thursday 22nd November from 4-7pm and on Saturday 24th Nov 2018 from 10 am-noon.

This will also be an opportunity to view drawings and plans for the proposed covered food market.

All are welcome.


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