Forum Meetings

Next Meeting

  • Monday, 27th September 2021
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • TBC
  • Join us for our next online forum meeting that is focusing on grief and bereavement.

    The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult emotional experiences faced in life. At times these emotions can be overwhelming and although a natural response to the death of a loved one, some people may need extra support to cope.

    The pandemic has intensified the grief process - many people feel extra emotions, such as anger or guilt that they could not be with loved ones at the point of end of life, and many could not attend funerals due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    • Where can local people access support for bereavement and grief?
    • How can we support each other as a community?
    • What are faith groups doing to support those that are bereaved?
    • How can we create a means of remembrance for those lost?

    Speakers 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.


No further meetings scheduled at present.



  • 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 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