Forum Meetings

Next Meeting

  • Monday, 13th June 2022
  • 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • TBC
  • Forum Meeting: Young People's Services


No further meetings scheduled at present.



  • THIFF Forum Meeting: Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021

    • Monday, 10th May 2021
    • Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021
  • Join us at our next forum meeting that takes place during Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021.

    Dying Matters believes in an open culture that talks about death, and where people feel able to listen and support those who are planning for end of life, who are dying and who have been bereaved.

    Our meeting will look at Death Cafe's and how communities benefit from being able to to talk about death in a supportive environment, particularly during Covid-19 when meeting face to face has not been possible.

    The Cafe's are a group directed discussion of death rather than a grief support or counselling session. We will be joined by Rev. April Keech who runs a Death Cafe in Tower Hamlets.

    • Are you interested in starting a Death Cafe?
    • What happens at a Death Cafe?
    • How do Death Cafe's help people?

    Panellist: Rev. April Keech, St Paul Old Ford

    The meeting will also have:

    • Updates on the work of THIFF from Revd Alan Green, chair of THIFF
    • Updates on hate crime statistics from Met Police
    • Opportunities for attendees to share details of their work, projects or events.
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  • Forum Meeting: Faith Groups & Mental Health

    • Monday, 22nd March 2021
    • Faith Groups & Mental Health
  • Join us for our next forum meeting that will be looking at mental health and the work that faith groups are doing to support their communities. Faith groups have long been a source of support for people way before the pandemic, but Covid-19 has highlighted just how much work is being done to help people that face mental health issues.

    This support takes place in many different forms from coffee morning sessions to keep people socially connected, befriending calls to combat loneliness and isolation and more structured activities such support groups for people with depression and bereavement support.

    This forum meeting will consider:

    • How we can highlight the tremendous work that faith groups in the borough have been doing, particularly during the pandemic.
    • How faith groups will have a big part to play as we emerge from the latest lockdown into the ‘new normal’.
    • How statutory services can find out about the unique role faith groups play for people with mental health issues.

    Panellist: Najnin Islam, Project Manager, Community Mental Health Transformation Programme, East London NHS Foundation Trust

    More tbc

    The meeting will also have an update on the work of THIFF from Revd Alan Green, chair of THIFF and an update on hate crime statistics from Met Police, along with the opportunity for attendees to share details of their work, projects or events.

    Come along and join the discussion and share your experiences, thoughts and ideas.

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  • Financial Hardship

    • Monday, 3rd August 2020
    • Financial Hardship
  • The coronavirus has changed our lives in many ways; we are living through a health crisis that has many other adverse effects – one major concern is financial hardship.

    Join us to discuss, share your stories and opinions and find out:

    • How faith groups continue to work to support people facing financial hardship
    • How the council is working to help people that are struggling


    • Ellie Kershaw, Tackling Poverty Programme Delivery Manager, Tower Hamlets Council
    • Revd Erin Clark, Trustee, Bethnal Green Foodbank
    • Matt Dronfield, Head of Debt Free London, a Toynbee Hall partnership
    • PC Shihab Miah, Faith Community Liaison, Met Police
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  • THIFF Online Forum Meeting: Faith, Communities & Coronavirus

    • Monday, 1st June 2020
    • Faith, Communities & Coronavirus
  • Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum Online Meeting: Faith, Community & Coronavirus


    • Rev Alan Green, Chair of THIFF
    • Mayor John Biggs, Tower Hamlets Council
    • PC Rich Poolman, Metropolitan Police

    Monday June 1, 2-4pm via Zoom 

    Register here

    The Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum (THIFF) are pleased to announce our first online forum meeting. A lot has changed since we last came together for a forum meeting and it is vital that we all stand together in solidarity to face the current and future coronavirus challenges for Tower Hamlets. THIFF has been at the forefront, working with other partners to ensure that residents and faith groups can access clear guidance and messaging around a range of issues at this difficult time. So many faith and community groups have been tirelessly working to support their congregation and communities and we want to hear more from you.

    Come along and join the discussion:

    • How has your organisation fared during the lock-down?
    • What have been your biggest challenges?
    • How are you planning for the future and any issues that may arise?

    We are very pleased that we will be joined by Mayor John Biggs – there will be an opportunity to put your questions to the Mayor. The Bishop of Stepney, Venerable Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell will also be in attendance. PC Poolman will provide an update on hate crime, along with an overview of the police’s work during the crisis, again there will be an opportunity for some questions.

    The meeting will provide a great opportunity to connect and to share good practice with other faith and community groups and residents, providing an opportunity to support and learn from one another.

    We hope to see you online!

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  • THIFF Forum Meeting: Education

    • Monday, 20th January 2020
    • Education
  • The first forum meeting of 2020 took place at Fern Street Family Centre, Fern Street, E3 3PS on Monday 20 January.

    Our guest speakers were Kate Smith, Healthy Lives - Tower Hamlets Council, who spoke about the borough's sex and relationships curriculum.  Representatives from CST, Community Safety Trust spoke to the forum about their free advice service on security for places of worship.

    Plus the standing item on faith hate statistics from Met Police.

    See the minutes below for a full rundown of the meeting.



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  • THIFF Forum Meeting: Homelessness

    • Tuesday, 26th November 2019
    • Homelessness in Tower Hamlets
  • Speakers:

    Fleur Holley-Moore of Tower Hamlets Council updated the forum about their rough sleeping strategy and their partners in the borough that help deliver it.

    Verna Coke of Spitalfields Crypt Trust updated the forum about the valuable work that goes on all year round.

    Please see the minutes below for a full rundown.

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  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Monday, 29th July 2019
    • Loneliness in Tower Hamlets
  • The Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum meeting will be looking at the issue of loneliness and social isolation in Tower Hamlets. People of all ages and backgrounds are affected by loneliness, which is proven to have an impact on health, increasing the likelihood of conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

    The good news is that many local faith and community groups are working hard to combat loneliness, so come along and find out more, or to share your own story or concerns.

    Confirmed speakers so far:

    Michelle Lindson, Nature & Us (Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park)

    Alex Smith, East London Cares (The Cares Family)

    The meeting will be located on the ground floor.

    Travel: Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street Rail Station (four-minute walk), the station is served by bus routes 26, 48, 135, 149 and 205.

    Light refreshments will be available, so come along and join the discussion - everyone is very welcome!

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  • THIFF Forum Meeting: Knife Crime

    • Monday, 3rd June 2019
    • Knife crime in Tower Hamlets
  • Featuring Nathan Singleton, CEO of LifeLine Projects, Ryan Lynch of Good Shepherd Mission, and two representatives from the Met Police.

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  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Monday, 3rd December 2018
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 6th March 2018
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 16th January 2018


  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 12th September 2017
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Wednesday, 12th July 2017
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 9th May 2017


  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 8th November 2016
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 20th September 2016
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 12th July 2016
  • THIFF Forum Meeting

    • Tuesday, 17th May 2016