Dudley Borough Interfaith Network

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Dudley Borough Interfaith Network works to build relationships and understanding between people of all faiths and none, and to support faith communities in acting together for the benefit of the whole community.

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Invitation to Network Annual Meeting

Dudley Borough Interfaith Network invites you to its Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 11 January 2017
(Registration from 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start)
at Wellington Road Community Centre
Dudley DY1 1RB

This year we're sharing about 'Our Common Home: Reflections on faith and the environment' ~ Keynote address from the Bishop of Dudley.

We hope you can join us.

Please sign up via our Eventbrite page or by calling or emailing the office.
Dudley Borough Interfaith Network, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE
Registered Charity No. 1169143 | Tel: 01384 573381 | Email: interfaith@dudleycvs.org.uk
11 Jan 2017 at 6:30pm
until 11 Jan 2017 at 9:00pm
7 Albion Street
Brierley Hill

Near Neighbours Grants programme

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.

Grants include the following criteria. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.

For details of the Near Neighbours grant scheme click here

If you have an idea for a Near Neighbours project in the Black Country please contact coordinator Ruth Burgess



Catalyst Training for Young Adults

The Catalyst Leadership Training Course will be running again in Oct/ Nov.


Catalyst is accredited free leadership training for young adults aged 18-30 in the Black Country and Birmingham.

Catalyst is a dynamic and interactive programme to make real the potential of young adults so that they can change their communities for the better. The Catalyst programme consists of a 4 training days and a series of local development sessions as well as an online social media presence to provide participants with an opportunity to stay in touch.

Who is Catalyst for?

Catalyst is for individuals who ascribe to a faith or belief who are between 18-30 years of age who want to make a difference in their own Communities, meet new people and acquire new skills and knowledge. We have focused on this age group because our work over the years has shown that the need for programmes like this have emerged from that age range more than any other.

When will the training take place?

The training will take place over four dates in October/ November at the Brasshouse Centre in Smethwick.

Sat 29th October 9:30am to 4pm Faith and Identity with Dilwar Hussain

Sun 30th October 9:30am to 4pm Leadership with Aamer Naeem

Sat 19th November 9:30am to 4pm Conflict and Power with Lisa Cummings

Sun 20th November 9:30am to 4pm Media and Communication with Paresh Solanki

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Ruth Burgess

Black Country Near Neighbours Coordinator

1a Small Street Centre, 1a Small Street, Walsall, WS1 3PR

Office: 01922 700952 Mobile: 07530741923

Email: ruth.burgess@tctogether.org.uk

Twitter: @RuthBurgessBCNN

Following the Network

As the Interfaith Network we're now present on Twitter and on Facebook as well as through our website and this www.interests.me platform for email newsletters.

If you haven't already take a look at the different channels available:

On Twitter we're visible at twitter.com/dbinterfaith

On Facebook (new) we have a public page at www.facebook.com/dbinterfaith

We also have a Facebook group page at www.facebook.com/groups/dbinterfaith

You can subscribe for email newsletters at interests.me/org/dbinterfaith

Meanwhile there's our website at www.dbinterfaith.org.uk

We're even available by email and phone:

Dudley Borough Interfaith Network, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE

Tel: 01384 573381 | Email: interfaith@dudleycvs.org.uk

Dementia Awareness

A reminder that the Network will be hosting a session on dementia - an issue affecting all communities - on Wednesday 27 April - registration from 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm meeting at Wellington Road Community Centre, Swancote Road, Dudley DY1 1RB. We're going to be addressed by Margaret Tamplin who is introducing for us how to be dementia friends. This is a condition that affects people in all communities and building on our recent training on mental health first aid, this offers your place of worship a chance to find out more about dementia and how as communities we can support sufferers and carers.

The Forum starts at 7.00 pm with registration and light refreshments available from 6.30 pm. You can register by contacting Dale Pickin at the Dudley CVS office on 01384 573381, by email at interfaith@dudleycvs.org.uk and online here.

This is to let you know that the Forum is also being called as a special general meeting of the membership to share with you details of the new proposed constitution for DBIN as we look to reconstitute ourselves as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). This was discussed at the Annual General Meeting in November with general approval from members at the time of the change. You can view the new draft constitution online at http://pc.cd/vUSctalK and via the home page of our website at www.dbinterfaith.org.uk.

As it is an extensive document we are not proposing to send out printed copies. A printed copy is available for inspection at our registered office. If you're not able to access the online version and want to have sight of a physical copy please contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you on 27 April!
27 Apr 2016 at 7:00pm
until 27 Apr 2016 at 9:00pm
Wellington Road Community Centre
Swancote Road

Invitation to West Midlands Annual Peace Conference from Ahmadiyya Community

An invitation to members of the Interfaith Network to this event is available here. Please respond directly to the organisers.

Wasim Shah writes:

It is my pleasure to cordially Invite members of Dudley borough interfaith network to attend the Ahmadiyya Muslim community West Midlands Annual Peace Conference to be held at 4pm on Sunday the 22nd of May 2016 at Bait ul Ghafoor Mosque, 224 long lane, halesowen, B62 9JT.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK was founded 102 years ago. In this regard we are holding our yearly Peace Conference function to highlight the charitable work done by the AMA in the past century, following the tradition of the Holy Prophet of Islam.

Our previous similar functions have been attended by Mayors, MEPs, MPs, Councillors, neighbours, senior police officers, Educationists, Faith leaders as well as representatives from numerous charities.

We are a registered charity organization in the UK since 1914.

We serve local community by various activities. In 2015 our community in UK has raised over £2 million pounds for national and international charities, over 145,000 trees planted, more then 6,000 pints of blood donated (equivalent to saving 18,000 lives) and over 40,000 homeless feeding packs were distributed through out UK.

The function is expected to last around 90 minutes followed by dinner.

Local MP, councillors, neighbours and people from all walks of life have been invited as has been Imam Rashed of The London Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UK (1914). Total number of guests is expected to exceed 250.

We very much hope you'll be able to join us.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Wasim Shah

Outreach Coordinator, AMA, West Midlands

Baitul Ghafoor Mosque, Long Lane.

B62 9JT


Please find attached links to posters on the subject of FGM for display in places of worship. Please forward to let others know.