07 / 11 / 20
Join us for the 4th London Faith & Belief Community Awards on the 30th November!
When crises hit, faith and belief groups are always at the front line – offering practical, spiritual and pastoral support to anyone in need. Faith groups have been central to our city’s resilience, ensuring that collective action trickles down to the margins of our society. This has never been more obvious during London’s response to Covid-19. Faith and belief groups have continued to deliver essential services despite extreme challenges, building on years of deep and powerful relationships with their beneficiaries.
We have hosted the London Faith & Belief Community Awards annually since 2017. These are the first awards to shine a direct spotlight on the wide variety of grassroots community services driven by London’s diverse faith and belief communities. This year the importance of the London Faith & Belief Community Awards is ever more poignant.
Taking place virtually on the 30th November, Sir Kenneth Olisa, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, will formally express thanks to around 70 faith-based projects for their significant contribution to London.
A wide variety of projects will receive awards, including the Ladies’ Committee of St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral who run a weekly social club for their elderly community, The Salam Project CIC who run a black business for black youth project, Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara’s Food Sewa Project in response to Covid-19 response, London Humanist Choir, Riverbank Trust, Al Madina Mosque, Teen Action amongst others.
Dr David Dangoor, Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and Chair of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith said: “Our aspiration on the Faith Council is to harness local community values and reach out to all who have made London their home. By supporting F&BF’s London Faith & Belief Community Awards, we gain the opportunity to meet and engage with those who have made it their mission to increase wellbeing within their local community; helping individuals build a sense of belonging within London and building bridges across communities of all faiths and beliefs.”
Director of the Faith & Belief Forum, Phil Champain, added: “Questions and doubts can hamper meaningful dialogue on the role and relevance of religion in society today. Faith and belief networks are instrumental in drawing people together and encouraging positive progress. Small, local projects pay close attention to the needs of a local area yet all too often their work goes unheard. Thriving communities depend on everyone being given the opportunity to participate as fully as possible, without facing barriers due to their race or faith.”
If you are passionate about support our unsung heroes, or perhaps are uncovering a new layer of London’s civil society and want to discover more – please join our celebration on 30th November. You are welcome to join, whether you are supporting an Awarded or Recognised Project, want to discover more about local social action, listen to inspirational speakers and performers or want to feel uplifted.