Barnet Multi Faith Forum (BMFF)
We are volunteers representing the diverse faith communities and organisations across Barnet
We come together to engage in dialogue which aims to promote social cohesion and oppose prejudice, injustice, and bigotry
We uphold the right to practice our religion, faith and customs in safe neighbourhoods
We advocate to ensure that values of freedom of expression are safeguarded
We aim to build bridges of trust and confidence based on greater understanding and knowledge of each other’s faiths, beliefs and customs
We ensure that faith communities have a voice in relevant matters affecting issues of faith and belief in the Borough
We celebrate cultural diversity and recognise the additional value this brings to the Borough
We support social action projects designed to enhance the environment and living conditions of all in the Borough.
We recognise that volunteering is the life blood of communities upholding civic responsibility.
We celebrate that thousands of different people from diverse backgrounds willingly and freely give of their time and energy.
For more information please go too the BMFF website
Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)
The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) is the leading nationwide forum for Christian-Jewish engagement:
celebrating the history and diversity of both communities,
facilitating constructive dialogue,
enabling meaningful learning experiences; and providing opportunities for transformative change.
This engagement takes place in communities across UK through their branches as well as through their programmes.
Demonstrating empathy and respect
For more information please go to the CCJ website or
The local Finchley Branch of CCJ is looking for volunteers to join them on their committee if you are interested then please email them here
Firstly, thank you!
Thank you. We are so impressed by the generosity and kindness of Barnet’s residents, businesses and community groups who have come together over the COVID-19 crisis. Barnet Together, Barnet Council and other key partners are working together to bring information and support.Council service updates can be accessed through the COVID-19 page, Facebook or on Twitter @BarnetCouncil. Barnet Together information for the community sector can be accessed through here or on Twitter @BarnetTogether
The Community Help Hub
The Community Help Hub is a network of local support that will help our communities remain resilient as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. The Hub will be updated daily with information, help and how you can get involved. If you are a community organisation that can offer support, please get in touch. The Community Help Hub provides information to help:
find out how you can help your community and keep safe
connect you to community resources, services, and virtual opportunities
keep you informed about important updates
gather your positive community stories and coping strategies.
For non medical related urgent help: a helpline and email access for Barnet residents has been set up that will prioritise people who are extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, self-isolating and need support to remain safe at home or do not have other means of receiving support. When contacting you must ensure that you provide information about the circumstances and any contact details. Email COVID19support@barnet.gov.uk or call 0808 281 3210 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Useful links to help your community
Barnet Facebook mutual aid group. Enables residents and groups to help one another during the coronavirus pandemic. These are member-led and not connected to any organisation.
Barnet Covid19 Group at https://join.slack.com/t/barnetcovid19-fe64980/shared_invite/zt-cvmtqnit-dUKurIstYoVjVw~w4RIbNQ has been created to enable Barnet’s community groups and the public sector a shared online workspace to connect and share information.
Barnet Together community fund. This has been set up by our voluntary sector partners to enable the community to donate money that will be used to support residents most in need.
Barnet Together - community services mapping
All Barnet organisations are asked to take a few minutes to complete a survey to help map services in Barnet. This will help know what you do, need and if you work with volunteers so we can help pull our resources together to support our vulnerable residents.
If you are a foodbank, complete Foodbanks
If you are a faith-led group, complete Faith
If you mainly work with adults, complete Adults
If you mainly work with children, complete Children/Young People unless you are a YBF member and have already completed this.
We would also ask you to pass on this urgent request for paid care workers in response to the pandemic, as Barnet’s community urgently needs more Care Workers. Terms are flexible to suit. Please apply here.
Coronavirus support links for the community sector
NCVO has now made member-only resources free to all:https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/.
Free weekly webinars - all that is needed is to sign up to Zoom:
27 March, 11-12pm: Working from home hints and tips
3 April, 11-12pm: Funding in the Current Climate
17 April, 1-12pm: Impact Measurement in the Current Climate
Remote working support
Microsoft Teams can enable your staff to work remotely. Watch Microsoft Teams webinar and see how it works. Also, take advantage of a free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial. As part of Microsoft's donations program, it is also providing 10 Microsoft 365 Business licences free of charge.
Emergency Support Fund - £5million raised to date
This new fund for community organisations was launched by The Greater London Authority and City Bridge Trust. They have contributed £1m each and London Funders are working with other funders to bring more money together in response to community need. For more information: https://londonfunders.org.uk/our-blog/new-emergency-support-fund-announced-help-community-and-voluntary-organisations
Small Grants to Support Children’s Charities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the current pandemic, the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust has changed their application guidelines for grants up to £5,000 for organisations with an income of less than £750,000. Deadline is: 28 April. Access more information here.
Funding for new digital solutions to support people who are self-isolating
The TechForce19 Challenge has been launched to provide to find digital ways of supporting people during the COVID-19 outbreak. New technologies can help those self-isolating as coronavirus continues to spread. Companies can receive up to £25,000 to develop or test their COVID-19 solution. Deadline is 31 March. More information here.
Arts Council Emergency Fund
The Arts Council offers individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160m. They have re-purposed all investment strands to offer this support. Please click on https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 to read about the Arts Council Emergency Fund.
Crowdfund Barnet - Let's Pull Together campaign
Be quick, the funding round deadline is 30 March. Knowing the demand to help our communities right now, additional funders will be engaged to support more crowdfunding campaigns. Go tospacehive.com/create for more information.
Grantfinder Funding can be found atwww.grantfinder.co.uk/coronavirus/
Further fundraising info: https://www.inclusionbarnet.org.uk/barnet-together/
A faith sector message of thanks and hope
Message from the Barnet Multi Faith Forum
We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those working for the NHS, Social care and emergency services for your courage, hard work and stoicism in these challenging times. We thank the volunteers and organisations who are managing, collecting and delivering food parcels or maintaining contact with your neighbour. Please visit www.barnetmultifaithforum.org for further updates. Trevor Alexander and Esmond Rosen, Co Chairs, Barnet Multi Faith Forum
Whilst there have been a number of instances of COVID-19 related hate crimes, there is not a significant number in comparison to other types of hate crime. Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a hate crime is asked to tweet @MetCC or report the crime: https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
Communities Together Network
The CTN is Barnet’s forum for the community, voluntary and faith sector to share information and connect with the council and other public and business sector services. The CTN is led by Barnet Council's Strategy Team. Meetings of the CTN take place four times a year and are open to all.
During lockdown, it is important that we follow official guidelines but here are some ways members of our community have been continuing to reach people.
This is a collaboration with interfaith groups and Middlesex University.
On Sunday 22nd December 2019
Woodside Park Synagogue hosted a winter
Multi Faith Evening Celebrating
the Jewish Festival of Chanukah
There was an explanation of the importance, History and Ritual of this Ancient Candle lighting Festival.
Followed by opportunities for Questions & Answers and traditional refreshments
Barnet Multi Faith
Es Rosen BMFF Chair & Interfaith Rep for Woodside Park Shul
Deputy Mayor Cllr. Lachhya, Theresa Villiers MP,
Es Rosen BMFF Chair, Assistant Rabbi WPS - Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt,
Estelle Philips (CCJ) and Steven Woolf Chair Woodside Park Synagogue
Theresa Villiers comments after attending a debate between
Rabbi Hackenbroch of WPS and Imam Qureshi of North Finchley Mosque.
Candles were lit at Woodside Park shul today in memory of those who lost their lives in the horrific attack in Pittsburg last week. This took place at the beginning of an interfaith event to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Barnet. The speakers were Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch from Woodside Park and Imam Hamid Qureshi from the Islamic Association of North London. The discussion was chaired by Edwin Shuker إدوين شكر from the The Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Despite the sad and solemn start this morning, the later discussion left me with a sense of hope and optimism. There was great emphasis on what different faiths have in common, and plans were made for more meetings and activities in the future to bring the Jewish and Muslim communities closer together.