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. 

Current Opportunities 

Young Community Leaders Training Programme

Calling all Young Leaders in Barking and Dagenham!  

We are looking for passionate, young people aged 18-30 in Barking and Dagenham who want to develop their leadership skills and meet others working in the community, charity, and faith sector to join our new young community leaders training programme. 

By taking part in this expert-led training you will join a network of likeminded community changemakers who are passionate about local issues and have the power to influence and benefit their communities.   

You will also get the opportunity to influence the work of Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum.

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 

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 16th December 2019 

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! 

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  

Day One:   


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.  

Day Two:  

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.   

Day Three:   

Looking towards the future & celebration                 

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

The day will end with a group activity to celebrate our achievements.  


Dates: Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Saturday 11th January 2020  

Times: 10.00-16.30   

Location tbc but will be within the borough of Barking and Dagenham 

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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