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Letter to Faith Leaders: Covid 19 & New Lockdown

As we find ourselves in a national lockdown once again, THIFF and London Borough of Tower Hamlets have issued a letter to all faith leaders, signed by: Chair of THIFF, Reverend Alan Green Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs Director of Public Health, Somen Banerjee Statutory Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Member for Faith Communities, Cllr Sirajul Islam […]

Ward Name Changes: Tower Hamlets Council Consultation

A consultation has been launched to consider proposed name changes to three wards in the borough. Suggestions have been put forward to change: Bethnal Green ward to Bethnal Green East ward St. Peter’s ward to Bethnal Green West ward Canary Wharf ward to Millwall ward Revd Alan Green, Chair of THIFF writes: Throughout the pandemic […]

Inter Faith Week 2020 – Event Review

Like so many other events this year, our 2020 Inter Faith Week event took place online.  This didn’t deter the faith community of Tower Hamlets and beyond coming together to mark the occasion – we were pleased to be joined by nearly 50 attendees.  We had a fantastic line up of speakers; for those that […]

Faith settings ‘track and trace’ QR code poster

A new ‘track and trace’ app is being launched to help stop the spread of the virus. Everyone in the country will be encouraged to download and use it. The government is asking any faith setting that is open to the public to support the app by downloading a poster to be displayed at their […]

Infection Prevention & Control and Outbreak Measures Workshops: Faith Settings

THIFF and Tower Hamlets Council are holding two expert-led workshops on preventing infection and controlling outbreaks during the pandemic in faith settings. Wednesday 16 September, 11-12 is on training for infection prevention and control.  Register here Wednesday 23 September, 11-12 is on : what to do in an outbreak. Register here  Both sessions will be […]

Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme

The Home Office has recently opened this year’s edition of the Places of Worship (POW) protective security funding scheme – a government commitment in the hate crime action plan. The scheme provides funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime. Potential improvements can […]

THIFF, Tower Hamlets Council & Public Health Joint Statement: Reopening of Places of Worship

We are very grateful to the faith communities in Tower Hamlets for closing their places of worship during the lockdown period in order to protect both congregations and the wider community from the spread of coronavirus. We know how difficult the loss of collective worship within these spaces has been, especially with major religious observations […]

Multi Faith Statement: Black Lives Matter

THIFF would like to share this statement – a multi faith solidarity statement to Black Lives Matter.  We fully stand behind the views.  Please click here to read the statement in full.    

Barts Health NHS Trust: Sending a Message to a Loved One

Barts Health NHS Trust acknowledge that it is a worrying time for everyone at present, especially for those with a friend or relative in hospital, with visitor restrictions in place across the hospitals. Speaking to someone about your relatives care The Trust ask that you do not call the hospital about your loved ones care. […]

We Stand Together in our Grief

People of all faiths, and those of none, are now required to follow new guidance and restrictions to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. This is most apparent when we cannot visit loved ones in hospital, be with them at the time of death and hold funerals as we would wish them to be. […]