The winter and Christmas season can be a lonely time for millions across the UK. Large or Small – faith communities are often at the heart of a local area. A report by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) found that a fifth of all charities in the United Kingdom are faith-based, and that faith organisations are often uniquely placed to reach vulnerable communities. They also can help agencies deliver services in a way which resonates with their congregations more readily than standard services, and in a way which considers a person’s spiritual needs as well. Click here to read the report on how faith communities are helping to make strong neighbourhoods.
Below is a list of some action projects led by faith communities in London:
- Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami, North End Road, Golders Green, London, NW11 7RP is hosting an interfaith blood donation drive on 29th December between 9:25am – 4:00pm. People of all faiths and none are invited to help save a life this winter by donating blood at this special interfaith donation session. Blood is something that unites us all, and the giving of blood is a gift to all humanity, whatever our beliefs.
- Finsbury Park Mosque, 7-11, St Thomas’s Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2QH has opened its doors for the city’s homeless, providing the invisible population with hot meals and psychological support once a week. Every Thursday night throughout winter. Around 20 people carrying bags and backpacks gathered in Finsbury Park Mosque in the British capital’s north this Thursday, amid the presence of social workers available to listen to their worries and hopes.
- Westminster Night Shelter at Faith Centres, Muslims, Jews and Christians come together to combat homelessness. West London Mission’s (WLM) Night Shelter in Westminster is the first winter night shelter scheme in London which has churches, a synagogue and a mosque as venues to host people who would otherwise be sleeping rough.
- Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, off Hanworth Road, Hounslow, serve up hundreds of free meals a week but are keen to spread the word, particularly among those living on the breadline. Gurdwaras are particularly keen to spread the word about langar among the growing population of rough sleepers in West London. They are serving hot meals everyday, open to everyone.
- Quaker Homeless Action: 24th December – 29th December, open to all: 2:30pm – 8:30pm, Night guests only: 8:30pm – 7:30am, American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4TD.