Hounslow Friends of Faith over this last year…

On Wednesday evening, the Hounslow Friends of Faith (HFOF) held their Annual General Meeting at the St John’s church hall, and discussed their efforts over the last year. The HFOF invite anyone living, working, or worshiping in Hounslow and adjoining boroughs of any faith, to come together and work towards a positive contribution to society. 

During the last 12 months, HFOF held various events during Hate Crime Awareness Week, Inter Faith Week, and during the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings in London. They also ran a series of school workshops for a Year 9 group at Kingsley Academy, and provided speakers at school assemblies, and the annual SACRE Sixth Form Conference.

HFOF worked with other sectors in the London Borough of Hounslow to give advice and information e.g. the Contingency Planning and Resilience Unit, Adult Social Care, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Partnerships unit on a new directory of community buildings.

In June 2018, the annual Walk of Peace and Friendship took place in Feltham where people were welcomed into various places of worship. The faith leaders gave talks relating to their practices and community projects, and hosted tours or served meals.

Aside from a formal Women’s Group that met multiple times during the year, members and guests met to enjoy a picnic, attend the monthly Knitting Group to knit various items that were donated to many charitable organisations, and supported Refugees Welcome Hounslow, of which the HFOF are a founding member and sponsor. With the help of donations made by St John’s and Hounslow Jamia Masjid, among others, six households of Syrian refugees have been welcomed into the borough by Refugees Welcome Hounslow, who continue to help these households transition from refugee camps to life in a new country.

For more information on Hounslow Friends of Faith, visit their website www.hounslowfriendsoffaith.org, or their Facebook Page.

Nicole Hanekom