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You are invited to an event on Tackling Hate Crime in Croydon which is being co-hosted by Croydon’s Safer Neighbourhood Board and Faiths Together in Croydon, and funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. 

The event will take place in the Council Chamber on Wednesday 20 April, starting at 6pm. Refreshments will be available.  

The event will cover:

- action being taken by the police and the Safer Croydon Partnership on hate crime

- issues relating to the reporting of Hate Crime

- protection against hate crime and its consequences

- a question time with the Borough Commander and representatives of the Safer Croydon Partnership

At the end of the event, participants will be encouraged to contribute key action points to be monitored by Croydon’s Safer Neighbourhood Board. 

Please e-mail to book places at this event and to discuss any questions you may have on this event.

Chair's report


Dear friends,

A full newsletter for you from members of the faith communities in Croydon. During the last couple of months, we have been busy organising the next round of events which start off on this Wednesday with an evening discussing Hate Crime at the council chambers in Katherine Street which we are putting on in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Board. We have several very good speakers coming and will be discussing all aspects of hate crime, not just faith hate.

Sadly, the Croydon Faith Education Resource Library in Shirley Road has now closed. The good news is that the Primary and Secondary school resources have gone to 2 schools and will still be available to borrow and the resources for youth work will be available from the office at Christchurch in Purley. The Churches Forum offices have taken the more theological resources so you can still borrow those as well.

On an educational note, the Council want to engage with all the leaders of weekend faith schools, madrassahs and any other ‘out of hours’ schools in Croydon. They are offering safeguarding training including how to write a safeguarding policy to ensure that the new laws on safeguarding are covered. We will be putting on an evening sometime in late June or July so look out for details of that.

One of the things I have been doing is helping the Muslim Association of Croydon with their Friday night feeding the homeless project. Every Friday night there is a queue of people waiting for them to arrive with their big pot of Biryani and bottles of water. I have been taking cakes, made by a lady from my church, and last week someone brought a big crate of oranges. This is such an important project and they could really do with some more donations of cakes, biscuits or even some money to help pay for rice and meat. They also take food to the refugee hostel in Thornton Heath. Please see if you could help in any way. 

We are really looking forward to our big picnic this year, at Parkhill Park on 5th June with the Interfaith bike ride in the morning. Details of the ride will be on our website. Also on the website will be details of the visit to Kemnal park cemetery on 30th July.

All the best and hopefully we will meet some of you at our forthcoming events

Penny Smith-Orr,
Chair, Faiths Together in Croydon


Sunday 5th June 2016

The bike ride will be starting at the arena and visiting a Hindu temple, a Church and a Mosque on the way to the annual picnic in Parkhill park. The picnic will be starting at 2pm and friends and family are most welcome to come along. We are raising funds through Spacehive and further information will be posted on our  website.


Crystal Palace FC Foundation in partnership with Surrey County FA hosted an interfaith Football tournament on Tuesday 5th April as part of their work to support and raise awareness around tolerance and understanding of different faiths. The tournament was targeted at U12’s and U14’s with a view to engage them in a positive dialogue around faith and religion.

The tournament, held at Whyteleafe FC, was attended by 14 teams who took part in 5 aside matches and were also engaged in discussions about religion/faith while waiting for their next game. The Workshops were conducted by Soye Briggs Community Development Director and Equalities lead for CPFC Foundation and Surrey CFA.

The tournament winners were  U14’s Kingstonian YFC  and U12’s Sanchez Allstars.

Passover (Pesach)

Usually this Festival and Easter fall within the same week in the Gregorian Calendar.  The Last Supper was probably a Seder (the first evening of Passover).  However, this year it is very late, the first Seder falling on the evening of Friday 22nd April.  This is due to a Leap Year in our Calendar where we actually have an extra month, (Adar II).

As always, the preparations will begin some weeks before. The house will be cleaned from top to bottom, with the kitchen being given special attention. The day before the Seder, the head of the household will search for anything that contains leaven, any crumbs of which are symbolically burned.

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The most important festival of the Christian calendar is Easter when Christians believe that Jesus was crucified and then rose again.

The week running up to Easter Sunday is called Holy week and is very busy for Christians.  
Read the full article 

The Bishop of Croydon watching the Good Friday procession
Conversations on Islam
by M. Rafay S. Siddiqui

It is hard to believe that Discussing Islam in Croydon has been going for almost 6 months now. It has been greatly rewarding from my perspective and I hope to continue it as long as I am able. It has attracted people from as far as Hounslow, but mainly from Croydon itself. Set in the relaxed environment of Matthews Yard the people attending it have been really warm and receptive and asked very interesting questions ranging from headscarves to prayer, abortion to terrorism. 

Read the full article

Muslim Women’s Guide to Mosque Governance, Management and Service Delivery

The 'Muslim Women's Guide to Mosque Governance, Management and Service Delivery' has been designed as a resource for Muslim women to enable them to fully engage with and spiritually, emotionally and practically serve their communities within the sphere of the mosque. 

The Guide makes clear the prophetic practice of openess and inclusivity of women in the Mosque and sets outs specific practical examples and advice to both current and prospective Muslim women operating in faith institutions on how to become beacons of effective support and service delivery.
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Young Roots works in partnership with community-based organisations in Croydon and North London to provide support and activities for young people between the ages of 11 and 21 who have come to the UK as refugees or migrants, and their friends.

Our aim is to improve the life chances of young refugees and asylum seekers in London. Many of the young people who come to our activities have lived through conflict in their home countries and suffered difficult experiences on their journeys to the UK. Approximately half of the young people we work with are separated from their parents and came to the UK alone.

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Croydon University Hospital Chaplaincy Outing

Hilary Fife ( Senior Chaplain – CUH)

On Monday 4th April a number of the chaplaincy team from CUH headed up to London Bridge station and thence to St Thomas Street to visit the fascinating ‘Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret Museum’. (  

Climbing the steep spiral staircase in what was once a Church you find, tucked in the roof space, an original early 19th century operating theatre still survives, part of the old St Thomas Hospital.  Sitting in the tiered wooden benches surrounding the (very basic) wooden operating table – where once student doctors would have sat to watch operations – we had a very interesting talk on the history of surgery in the 18th and 19th centuries – the days before anaesthetics were used!  It was fascinating, informative, humorous and horrifying in turn!  

As we spent time looking at the displays of herbal medicines, apothecary’s equipment and early surgical devices in the Herb Garrett adjoining the operating theatre we all agreed that we are indeed blessed to live in an era where we have the NHS, effective anaesthesia and a robust understanding of hygiene and cleanliness.  Our team members who came with us had a great time – and learned a lot.  We’d recommend a visit.  Groups can book talks and even hire the venue for their exclusive use for an evening with a talk and refreshments provided.
'The Good Old Days' - a contemporary etching of an operation without anaesthetic
BEN are recruiting a Partnership Development Manager

£30,000 p.a. Full Time Post

BEN are looking to recruit for the above position.  If you have worked in a marketing or sales role in a client-facing environment or you have corporate fundraising experience, this could be the next challenge for you. Reporting to the Head of Partnership Development and working closely with key figures internally, you will help to implement BEN’s long term corporate fundraising strategy.

Closing Date 28 April 2016

For more details

Concerts in the Chapel at Croydon University Hospital

The little Chapel at Croydon University Hospital has, in recent years, become quite a venue for music and concerts. 2SP have delighted audiences for the past 5 summers and will be with us again on 12th June at 4pm (mark the date!) However on 1st May we are delighted to welcome Marije giving her first concert in the Chapel.  Please contact Hilary Fife to reserve seats - or 020 8401 3105
Marije Rommes, soprano
accompanied by John Collis, piano

- a concert of songs by Fauré,
Berlioz, Bernstein and others.
In the chapel, Croydon University Hospital
London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE
Sunday 1st May, 4pm
Admission free, with a retiring collection for charity.
Social Media & Digital Skills Workshop
Friday 6th May 2016  10.30-15.30
Would you like to know more about how your organisation can benefit from using social media and increased digital skills?

Croydon Voluntary Action & Superhighways are partnering with Twitter and Go ON UK to run a series of short workshops as part of the Go ON Croydon initiative.  Each 90 minute workshop will be supported by volunteers from Twitter who will give you practical tips and tools that you can take away and use immediately.

More information and how to book your free place

Free Training Event for Croydon's Digital Champions

The workshop, hosted by Tinder Foundation in partnership with Go ON UK and E.ON, will provide attendees with the confidence and skills to help people to get online for the first time. It will also look at how community groups and people in the local area can be inspired to make the most of the benefits of being online.

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Did you know you can book appointments to see your GP online?

Patient online is a new NHS England programme enabling GP practices to provide online services to patients. 
1.       You can book routine GP appointments
2.       Request repeat prescriptions
3.       View your health record - all online
The purpose of this programme is to provide patients with more choice and control in how they access GP services.  Contact your GP Practice today to find out how to register for online services. 
At the same time we are hoping this will reduce the number of calls made to practices and ‘free up’ the phone lines for those who are unable to use online services.
To find out more click here.

Please note: Patients will need to show some photo ID and proof of address before their practice can provide a user name and password.


27-30 May 2016
A Shaantiyoga Exclusive in Asturias, the Iberian peninsulas of Northern Spain
More information

Future events

Hate Crime Conference 
Wednesday 20th April at 6 p.m.
Venue:  Council Chamber, Croydon Town Hall
More information

Interfaith Bike Ride and Picnic 
Sunday 5th June

Visit to Kemnal Park Cemetery and Memorial Garden
Saturday 30th July 
A Cemetery and Memorial Grounds for all faiths. Offering individual & family burials and memorials from traditional graves to mausoleums & memorial gardens.  A visit has been arranged for members of all faith groups in Croydon. Transport will be provided from central Croydon.  More information to follow.

If you have any events you would like to advertise in the Faiths Together in Croydon please send them to  The next newsletter will be in July.

Safeguarding Children Training

Are your staff and volunteers up-to-date with their training?

CVA is providing Levels 1-3 Safeguarding Children training this summer.  Please check the
website for details.  Book soon to take advantage of our Early bird discount. The sessions, delivered by Susan Taylor of Tailor Made Training Solutions, have proved extremely popular.  During 2015 every participant rated the delivery at 5/6 or 6/6.
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