Invitation to Project Griffin meeting for Croydon faith communities – Weds 5 July

Please see the following invitation from Jeff Boothe, Borough Commander, Croydon Police.

Please noted that pre-registration is a requirement and people will not be able to register on the door.

Details of how to how to pre-register is highlighted in bold towards the end of the letter below.

The Borough Commander writes,

Invitation to Project Griffin for Croydon Faith Community
Croydon Town Hall
Wednesday 5th July 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Registration will be open from 5.30pm for a prompt start at 6pm.


“Croydon Police and Faiths Together in Croydon, would like to jointly extend a personal invitation for you to join us on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 6pm to 8pm at Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. This specially arranged Project Griffin event is for representatives of all faiths within the borough of Croydon.

Presentations at this event will include:
•       Opening by Croydon Police – Superintendent Tony Josephs
•       A welcome by the Faiths Together in Croydon Chair – Penny Smith-Orr
•       An introduction for Croydon Faiths Liaison Officer – Alex Starr
•       An introduction to the concept Faith Responders.
•       Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk delivering the brand new 2017 Project Griffin presentation containing vital information including:Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.

  • Identifying suspicious behaviour, how to report it and its importance.
    •       Stay Safe, RUN HIDE TELL – Marauding Terrorist Weapons & Firearms attacks.
    •       Suspicious Items, Bomb threats, enhancing protective security of your premises.
    •       Many more topics relevant to your faith community and there will be a great opportunity for networking.

Recent worldwide events continue to show the level to which terrorists will go to achieve their aims with potentially devastating consequences.  In the event of an incident the effectiveness of the response made by you and your staff is of paramount importance in protecting your community and your buildings. This unique opportunity aims to bring together representatives of all faiths from the borough Croydon.

Croydon Police and Faith Together in Croydon are jointly launching the introduction to the Faith Responders role in Croydon – open to volunteers from all faith venues / communities in Croydon. These volunteers can play an important role in assisting the emergency services, local authority and key partners following a terrorist attack or major incident that may affect the local community. This will be of real benefit to anyone with responsibility for your venue’s building security, those who organise or manage events at your venues. This event aims to provide joint learning to make our faith venues and communities more resilient to any type of major incident.

Those interested in attending this free event should email the Croydon Counter Terrorism Focus Desk at with their name, faith venue address, role, contact details (telephone number & email) and the same full details of all additional people wishing to attend from that venue.

Attendance at the event is free and by invitation only. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept registration on the day. 

Please try to attend with your venues nominated volunteer for the Croydon Faith Responder role where possible.

If you have any questions about this event you can contact James Baster or Danny King at Croydon Police on the Counter Terrorism Focus Desk on  07789 710213.

We do hope you can join us.”


Join Croydon’s Interfaith bike ride and picnic in the park – 9 July 2017

The Faiths Together in Croydon (FTiC) annual picnic and bike ride will be held on July 9 in 2017, in association with Croydon Council and BoxPark.

This year the Council are supporting this special Big Get Together event  to show that we #WeStandTogether

A continuation of the Croydon Cyclefest, this is Faiths Together in Croydon’s third inter-faith bike ride and picnic.

This cycle ride through Croydon visits several of our diverse sites of worship before joining a dedicated Big Get Together picnic in the Park Hill Park. It’s a great opportunity to bring our community together, young and old, to promote diversity and equality.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the interfaith bike ride, to see the riders off from Boxpark Croydon, and to join the interfaith picnic which runs from 2-5pm at Park Hill Park in central Croydon.

The ride will be led by professional cycling instructors who will safeguard the ride. Rides will depart promptly as follows:

10am – Starting point for Group A: Croydon Arena, SE25 4QL for a route safety briefing

10:30am – start riding!

10:30am – Starting point for Group B: Boxpark, CR0 1LD.


Places on the ride can be reserved via Eventbrite at or



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Check out the video of the event in 2016

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to all!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect,  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s High School, from 5-7pm.

The event is open to everyone – people of all ages and of all faiths or none.



This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?

Respect – An event run by Faiths Together in Croydon on May 24, open to everyone!

Faiths Together in Croydon is hosting an event on respect.  and YOU are invited…

The event is being held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at St Mary’s School.

More details to follow


This follows a successful event exploring Peace, held last year.

And why not follow Faiths Together in Croydon on Twitter at @FTiCroydon and on Facebook?

Interfaith event – 10 Sept 2017 – Islamic, Hindu and Christian perspectives

The Croydon branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community cordially invite the Croydon community to their third interfaith event, in collaboration with the Hindu and Christian communities in Croydon.

The event is open to everyone and aims to encourage those of different backgrounds and faiths to observe tolerance and love for others in their community.

The event is being held at the Ahmadiyya Mosque, St. James’s Road, Croydon.

ENTRY is by pre-registration only, to help plan for the event and for catering.
Register via Eventbrite at

Dying Matters Awareness Week in Croydon (8-14 May 2017)

Dying Matters Awareness Week – 8th to 14th May 2017

Dying well takes planning.

For the first in Croydon, several charities and organisations have come together to organised a Festival of events throughout this week.

There is a great line-up of local and national speakers and creative artists who will help attendees to think, plan and communicate their end of life wishes.

This is a unique festival of events not to be missed, suitable for adults of all ages who wish to give this difficult subject some creative thinking in order to make plans that are unique to them.

Events are free and some request booking via Eventbrite.

For full details see:



The Creating Conversations in Croydon project, commissioned by Croydon CCG, seeks to work with community groups with the aim of helping everyone have a good death by recording their End Of Life Wishes.

The project has specially trained volunteers who seek to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying.

The volunteers will give talks, workshops, presentations and facilitate Death Cafes within the London Borough of Croydon to help break down this silence around death and give the people of Croydon a voice and to start thinking, talking, planning and recording their wishes.

Spending a short time now thinking about what you’d like to happen on the event of your death, writing your will and discussing your funeral wishes with your family can allow you to get back to the important things in life like spending time with family and friends, building good memories and even plan a bucket list.