8.3.18 a celebration of International Women’s Day

A group of 12 women enjoyed a very interesting and informative walk around Bow to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Led by Registered Tour Guide Eli Bloom we heard inspirational stories from the lives of influential women who worked selflessly to promote social justice in their lifetimes.

We heard about political pioneers, philanthropists, suffragettes and social reformers all associated with Bow in the East End and were able to view the buildings and monuments they were associated with.

The walk ended at Unity community cafe at the Bromley by Bow centre where coincidentally a very well attended event was taking place also celebrating International Women’s Day!  We were all grateful to enjoy some warming soup and have the chance to chat informally and form new friendships.

Redbridge Faith Forum would like to thank Eli for giving so freely of her time to give us a wonderful morning and the opportunity to raise some funds for the charity.  Eli has a website www.londonatyourfeet.com and can offer a range of walks to groups.

A report is available here.

Women’s Interfaith Workshop 28.2.18

We were glad to give a warm welcome to the women who made it through the snow and the bitterly cold wind to join us in St Andrews Church Hall on Wednesday 28th February for our workshop taking  continuing our theme of “Weddings: – Ceremony, Custom & Tradition”

Having heard about Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh wedding customs in other, recent workshops, this workshop was the last in this very interesting and stimulating series.  We heard from Christian and Muslim speakers about Christian and Muslim wedding ceremonies, customs and traditions .

It proved to be a very informative and enjoyable afternoon with plenty of informal discussion around the topics raised.  A report will be available here in due course.

Our women’s workshops are free to attend, and are generally very informal with plenty of opportunity for discussion, questions & answers in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Please click here for the flyer.

Community Safety Workshop 30th January 2018

This public meeting was organised by Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) at Holy Trinity Church, Mossford Green, Barkingside to give local residents the opportunity to share views on what makes them feel safe or unsafe, discuss ideas on how to make them feel safer, and work with local services to identify and tackle issues of concern.

Residents had round table discussions about their concerns and perceptions of their safety in the borough whilst at home and also out and about.

The group discussions were then fed back to the meeting so everyone had the opportunity to hear what other groups had said.

There followed very informative and helpful presentations from three metropolitan police officers and a Redbridge Street Enforcement Team Officer.

Firstly officers John Humphrey and Mohammed Patel of the from the Redbridge Safer Transport Team.  The officers explain that the team regularly patrols bus routes and bus stops in Redbridge and also works to improve safety on the roads.

Onesimus Luto, Redbridge Enforcement Officer then introduced himself and explained the role of the Enforcement and Community Safety Teams in Redbridge Civic Pride’s department.

The officers work borough wide dealing with issues such as noise nuisance, licensed premises, overhanging vegetation, fly-tipping, dog fouling, highway obstruction unlit skips, untidy front gardens, litter, begging, spitting and urinating in the street.  They are able to issue on the spot fines for offences.  Problems can be reported online on the council’s website and by telephone to 0208 478 4679.  There is also a general enquiry line telephone 0208 554 5000.  The telephone lines are manned Monday-Wednesdays 8am to 10pm, Thursday 8am to 11pm and Friday 8am to 3am following day, Saturday 9am-3am the following day, Sunday 9am-1am the following day.

PCSO Kaser Aleem Faith and Community Liaison Officer introduced himself and explained his role within the boroughs of Redbridge, Havering, Barking & Dagenham.

All the officers then answered questions from the floor.  Councillor Bellwood reminded everyone that all residents have access to their ward councillors as well as their safer neighbourhood teams and encouraged residents to get to know them so that everyone can work together to improve the safety and wellbeing of residents.

Redbridge Faith Forum would like to thank the four officers for their helpful and informative participation in the event.

Please click here for a fuller report of the event including photographs.


“Routes Out of Poverty” – Network Meeting 23.1.18

Redbridge Faith Forum held its January network meeting in the Gloucester Room at Central Library on the topic of “Routes out of Poverty”; to give members of the public the opportunity to hear about some of the support services available in Redbridge.

We would like to thank the following speakers who gave very informative presentations.

Bindu Surish, Redbridge Job Centre Operations Manager gave an overview of the new universal credit benefit which is going live in Redbridge from 20th June and replaces six existing benefits.

Elizabeth Hannam, work Redbridge Manager spoke about the comprehensive services available from Work Redbridge to residents aged 16+ who are seeking employment and the support available to new businessess in the borough.

Dawn Cove explained the role of the LBR Welfare Benefits Team and encouraged eligible residents to apply for the discretionary housing payment fund which is available to address the shortfall betweent he housing element of universal credit and the cost of council tax.

Mark Kirk and Stephen Young explained the services available through Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau which has been serving the locality for 75 years.  These include drop in sessions and pro bono legal advice and between 3000 and 3500 clients are seen each year.  Volunteers are always welcomed and the training is nationally accreditted and quality assured.

Please click here for a full report of the event.

Click here for a fact sheet which was available at the meeting with useful contacts for support & advice.

Please click here to find out the impact Redbridge CAB makes and here for the Redbridge CAB annual report.

Save the date of Tuesday 24th April for our next network meeting when this theme will be continued by hearing from other local organisations who support those living in poverty or on low incomes.



February & March Events

Wednesday 28 February 13:00-15:00 

All women are warmly invited to attend this Women’s Interfaith Workshop continuing the theme of Weddings: – Ceremony, Custom & Tradition – this workshop will focus on Christian and Muslim weddings and will be held at St Andrews Church Hall, The Drive, Ilford IG1 3PE.

Thursday morning 8th March 10.00-12 noon

Join us for a guided walk to celebrate International Women’s Day.  This event is open to men and women and will follow the path of politcal pioneers, philanthropists, suffragettes, social reformers and legendary figures all associated with Bow in the East End of London.  The walk will start from Mile End station and finish at Bow Church/Road stations.  Tickets are available from the office priced £10 for non-members and £8 for RFF members.  Places are limited and need to be secured with a £5 cash non-refundable deposit – the balance to be paid on the day.

Please here for poster.