This section gives you access to a range of organisations in Tower Hamlets that provide support on faith-based matters and other issues.
It also directs you towards support outside the borough. The list is by no means definitive. We would welcome your comments in it, including suggestions for additional contacts.
Tower Hamlets Faith-based organisations
Barnardo’s CANDL Project
Unit 2, Peterley Business Centre, 472 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9EG
This organisation aims to improve the quality of life for children, young people and families in east and south London. CANDL stands for Church and Neighbourhood Development in London.
Churches Together in Poplar
St Mary’s and St Joseph’s Church, 9 Pekin Street, London E14 6EZ
Telephone 020 7987 4523
Fax 020 7538 4810
Open to all Christian leaders and their communities in Poplar. Encourages joint action for activities wherever possible and brings churches together for celebrations.
Junior Muslim Circle
169 Mile End Road, London E1 4AQ
Telephone 07957 409 634
Fax 020 7702 7254
Works with young people aged 8-14 years to provide cultural, social, and recreational, as well as religious education to young people in the UK.
London Buddhist Centre
51 Roman Road, London E2 0HU
Telephone 0845 458 4716
Lies at the heart of East London’s thriving Buddhist community and its growing Buddhist village. The LBC hosts a full programme of events and classes and stocks a wide range of books on Buddhism.
Muslim Association of Professionals
Support its members in various ways, empowering them with the resources to enrich their working environment with Islamic concepts while educating colleagues and society at large about Islam.
Canary Wharf Prayer Room
3 Westeferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14
Contact Noj Hussain
Telephone 0207 364 4454
This venue was the first joint venture in the country between faith communities and the private sector. Available for religious meetings and services, the room holds 40 people and incorporates a counselling room and kitchenette. It is open to key holders by arrangement.
East London Church Leaders Group
250 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB4 8RZ
Telephone 019 5425 0242
Fax 019 5425 0242
Fosters ecumenical co-operation in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington, Havering, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
Neighbours in Poplar
172 East India Dock Road, London E14 0EH
Telephone 020 7987 0257
Fax 020 7538 3693
Provides practical support and care for all vulnerable people living at home, regardless of age, faith, race, gender, culture or disability.
TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation)
112 Cavell Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2JA
Telephone 020 7375 1658
Fax 020 7375 2034
Brings together people from diverse backgrounds across the East End to work together towards the common good.
General support organisations
Community Organisations Forum (COF)
Norvin House, 1st Floor, 45-55 Commercial Street, London E1 6BD
Telephone 020 7426 9970
Aims to build and support a strong independent voluntary and community sector to serve Tower Hamlet’s diverse communities. Its website includes an extensive directory of community and faith organisations in Tower Hamlets and beyond. COF is the lead organisation in Tower Hamlets for the UK-wide Community Empowerment Network (www.neighbourhood.gov.uk).
East London Advice Service
15 Henriques Street, London E1 1NB
Telephone 0207 488 3131
Fax 0207 488 3131
Provides advice information to support general help and case work on housing, welfare benefit, debt, education, employment and rights.
East London Self Help Network
The Brady Centre, 192 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU
Telephone 020 7247 1414
Fax 020 7247 7447
Supports and promotes self-help groups run by and for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. Can also provide development support to new and existing self-help groups.
St Margaret House, 15 - 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL
Telephone 020 8880 7111
Fax 020 8880 7111
Supports the relief of sickness and the protection and preservation of health among the Black and ethnic minority community in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and supporting areas.
St Katherine and Shadwell Trust
PO Box 1779, London E1W 2BY
Telephone 020 7782 6962
Fax 020 7782 6962
A grant-making trust committed to improving the quality for life for people living in the St Katherine and Shadwell wards of Tower Hamlets.
Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS
Telephone 020 7247 6943
Fax 020 7377 5964
Works to bring change to the local community by providing a range of services aimed at the particular needs of children, parents, families and the elderly.
National Inter Faith organisations
Home Office Faith Communities Unit
Home Office, Direct Communications Unit, 7th Floor, 50 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AT
Telephone 0870 000 1585
Textphone 0207 273 3476
Fax 0207 273 2065
Supports the Home Office in its efforts to bring about a society in which different belief systems – whether religious or otherwise – are understood, respected and valued. Strives to ensure that faith communities are given the opportunity to participate fully in society through voluntary activity and other faith-based projects
Inner Cities Religious Council (ICRC)
ICRC Secretariat, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 6/J2 Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU
Telephone 020 7944 3704 or 020 7944 3702
Fax 020 7944 5286
A forum for members of faith communities to work with the Government on issues of regeneration, neighbourhood renewal, social inclusion, and other relevant cross-departmental policies and processes.
The Inter Faith Network for the UK
8a Lower Grosvenor Place, London SW1W 0EN
Telephone 020 7931 7766
Fax 020 7931 7722
Works to build good relations between the different religious communities in the UK at both national and local levels. It aims to make the UK a country characterised by mutual understanding and respect between religions where all can practise their faith with integrity.
Three Faiths Forum
Star House, 104-108 Grafton Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 4BD
Telephone 020 7485 2538
Fax 020 7485 4512
Encourages understanding, friendship and goodwill between the communities of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom
27 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1PD
Telephone 0207 584 2566
Fax 0207 5849402
This is the elected governing body of members of the Bahá'í faith in the UK. Established in 1923, it aims to promote the oneness of humankind at the centre of this diverse and rapidly-growing community.
British Buddhist Association
11 Biddulph Road, London W9 1JA
Telephone 0207 286 5575
Fax 0207 7289 5545
Among other activities, this non-sectarian organisation promotes the educational, religious and meditation-related aspects of Buddhism at evening and weekend sessions.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
3rd Floor, Bastille Court, 2 Paris Garden, London SE1 8ND
Telephone 0207 654 7254
Fax: 0207 654 7222
Co-ordinates the work of Christian churches from all denominations across Britain and Ireland. Strives to achieve greater visible unity without losing the distinct qualities that make churches different.
Hindu Forum of Britain
Cottrell House, 53-63, Wembley Hill Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 8BE
Telephone 020 8903 4274
An umbrella body with a broad-based membership of Hindu organisations from different regions and cultural backgrounds in Britain. Supports community cohesion and coexistence through consultation, empowerment, capacity building and project development.
Jain Samaj of Europe
Jain Centre, 32 Oxford Street, Leicester LE1 5XU
Telephone 0116 254 3091
Aims to win recognition nationally and internationally for establishing a network to share the beliefs and heritage of the Jain religion.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews
6 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP
Telephone 020 7543 5400
Fax 020 7543 0010
For over 240 years the Board of Deputies has protected, supported and defended the interests, religious rights and customs of Jews in the United Kingdom and promoted the development of the Jewish community in Britain.
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)
Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT
Telephone0208 432 0585/6
Fax 0208 432 0587
Among other aims, the MCB promotes co-operation, consensus and unity on Muslim affairs in the UK, while working towards a more enlightened appreciation of Islam and Muslims within society.
BM Box 7097, London WC1N 3XX
Telephone 0906 3020184
Brings Pagans together to promote and educate the wider community about Paganism. Organises and publicises local and national events.
World Zoroastrian Organisation
135 Tennison Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NF
Telephone 020 8660 5048
Dedicated to informing people about Zarathushtra and Zoroastrianism while improving the quality of life for needy Zoroastrians around the world through charitable, political and social activities.
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