We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award from the London Faith & Belief Community Awards, hosted by the Faith & Belief Forum with the support of the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London’s Faith Council.
The London Faith & Belief Community Awards celebrate the role faith and belief communities in creating a sense of belonging and togetherness for the capital’s diverse communities.
The awards brought together hundreds of inspirational Londoners for a virtual ceremony on 30th November. The guests were addressed by Sir Kenneth Olisa, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, a strong advocate of the benefit faith brings to society.
#OutAndProudParentsDay, the annual event on 30th July organised by Naz and Matt Foundation to celebrate parents who are proud of their LGBTQI+ children, was one of 40 projects being awarded a £500 grant to further their work in this area.
F&BF director, Phil Champain speaking on the importance of the awards commented, “London’s faith and belief groups play a crucial and often overlooked role in supporting their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people in need of additional support, which means that the services these groups provide and their role in helping people stay connected has been even more important than before. The Faith & Belief Community Awards celebrate the vital contribution of these unsung heroes to this city and to our society”.
F&BF’s sentiment is echoed by the Chair of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith, Dr David Dangoor DL, who added, “We are delighted to support the London Faith & Belief Community Awards. Over the last four years we have met with a such a large number of inspirational grassroots groups. They have made it their mission to increase wellbeing within their local community, helping individuals build a sense of belonging within London and build bridges across communities of all faiths and beliefs. The event is primarily about celebration and recognition but I hope that practically it will inspire more ideas and projects.”
This was such an strong, positive statement made the London Faith & Belief Community Awards – to give a charity that supports LGBTQI+ individuals such a prominent public platform to talk about the issues conservative religious beliefs have on our community. I was one of the few individuals selected to give an acceptance speech during the ceremony.
We would like to thank the Faith & Belief Forum for creating the London Faith & Belief Community Awards and for supporting our charity’s work.