Faith in Barking & Dagenham

Funded by the LBBD council, we will be delivering a range of workshops, residential trainings and events which will build good relations between residents of different faiths and beliefs.

Programme Overview

F&BF have started an exciting 22 month interfaith project Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the LBBD council, we will be delivering a range of workshops, residential trainings and events which will build good relations between residents of different faiths and beliefs. 

Our project has included writing a policy in collaboration with Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  You can view a summary of the policy here: Working Together PDF


Current Opportunities 

Young Community Leaders One-Day Training Programme

Calling all Young Leaders in Barking and Dagenham!  

We are looking for passionate, young people aged 18-30 who want to develop their leadership skills and meet others working in the community, charity, and faith sector to join our free training programme on Saturday 25th January.

The day will be a chance to explore your identity with other young leaders from different backgrounds, learn about different types of leadership, talk about your experiences of living and/or working in the borough, and create a map of the skills, strengths and resources you and your community already have.

Throughout February and March, we will be hosting further evening sessions. Those who complete this one-day training will have the option to attend an evening panel discussion with local experts on the topic of Authentic Leadership, a public speaking workshop, and will gain the opportunity to present their ideas to local community and faith leaders.

All participants will receive a certificate on completion of the one-day training.

For more details on the programme and the application process, read the programme details. For any questions not answered on the programme details page, please email us. 

Applications close on 13th January 2020. 

However, the shortlisting process will begin before this so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Apply Now! 

We are looking for young people who: 

  • play a leading role in a community group or organisation 
  • can talk about local issues and wants to make change at the local level 
  • has work experience, paid or voluntary, and is willing to share their skills 
  • is interested in learning from people of different backgrounds 

What to expect from the training:  

  • Discover your leadership style – where you want to be and how to get there   
  • Learn skills in inter-cultural dialogue, public speaking & effective communication    
  • Learn from the experiences of people from different backgrounds  
  • Be inspired and motivated to act with others in your community  
  • Learn how to motivate others and be an advocate for your community   
  • Join a local network and gain support from peer to peer coaching   
  • Be motivated by a panel of expert guest speakers  
  • Get comfortable having difficult conversations  

Themes explored:


This will be an opportunity to consider how our identities and communities impact our everyday interactions as well as its role and impact on leadership.  


Communication is key to good leadership. In this session we will explore how we can most effectively develop our dialogue skills with a view to working better together.  

We will also spend some time on the first day looking at the history of LBBD in terms of community cohesion.  

Sharing best practice and upskilling  

This will be an opportunity for the group to share their experiences and skills. We will also spend time reflecting on our own leadership experience, the journey you want to go on and how you can achieve your goals.  

Hearing from local experts – panel discussion and Q&A  

We will be joined by local faith, community and political leaders who will share their experience and expertise with you and answer your questions.   

Looking towards the future & celebration                 

This will focus on group aspirations for Barking & Dagenham, community organising models, and how to best make change together.    


Dates: Saturday 25th January 

Times: 10.00-16.30   

Location: The Park Centre, Rectory Road, Dagenham, RM10 9SA

If you are interested in this programme but unable to do the dates please email Jessica: 

Why are we running this programme? 

As the UK’s leading interfaith organisation, we have over 20 years’ experience building good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs in schools, universities, workplaces and community groups. We are committed to making Barking and Dagenham a welcoming place for all of its residents.  

We will be delivering:  

  • Arts based workshops exploring themes of belief and identity, and giving you skills and confident to share your beliefs. 
  • A leadership training programme for emerging leaders in Barking and Dagenham. 
  • Events for Barking and Dagenham residents in partnership with the B&D Faith Forum.  
  • Faith Inclusion training with local businesses. 
  • Schools workshops.

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Main contact

Jessica Hazrati

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