Developing an Interfaith Response to Poverty in Dudley, 25th June 2014
People from different faiths and backgrounds met at The Storehouse, Brierley Hill, for a forum meeting on poverty, hosted by Dudley Borough Interfaith Network.
The meeting was well-attended, and we welcomed representatives from The Black Country Near Neighbours Programme, Dudley District Citizens Advice Bureau, England Illegal Money Team and The Black Country Foodbank.
Several people expressed their appreciation of being able to come together, to share knowledge and to network, on an important matter that affects many people from all faiths.
This was followed by a visit to the Black Country Foodbank, providing a valuable insight as to work being done, and highlighting the need of the local community: did you know that last year the Foodbank fed 22,000 people…?
Faith and Prayer Centre, 14th – 18th April 2014
A Dudley Borough Interfaith Network ‘pop-up shop’ will be in place in Dudley’s Churchill Precinct (next to Costa Coffee) from Monday 14th April to Friday 18th April. Why not come along to meet people from different faiths and learn more about Dudley’s rich diversity. Anyone interested in lending an hour or two in the ‘shop’ would be very welcome. For further information please contact Rev Jem Hawkins by e-mail: email@example.com .
Maundy Thursday learning event
People of all faiths are invited to a Maundy Thursday event at Dudley Central Methodist Church on 17th April. The event begins at 7pm and is being organised by Reverend Jem Hawkins and Dudley Borough Interfaith Network.
Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is followed by Good Friday. The event is an opportunity to meet people from different faiths and to learn more about the Jewish and Christian traditions relating to Passover and Easter. This is a ‘bring and share’ event so please bring along some food that you can eat and may be eaten as part of a buffet.
For further information contact Nick Tromans on 01384 573381
New Network officer has started
Nick Tromans is a local man, born and bred in Cradley Heath. He attended local schools before moving into Higher Education, firstly at Wolverhampton University and then obtaining a Masters Degree from Aston University. He began his career with Dudley Council, as a housing officer, before moving to South East England to continue his work in housing, specializing in homelessness. Nick moved back to the West Midlands in 1989, getting a job with Solihull Council. He stayed there for 23 years, taking on a number of different roles which included: setting up 14 community learning centres; tourism; supporting an inter-faiths forum; community cohesion; and counter terrorism. In 2012, he received an award from West Midlands Police, for his work on community cohesion and community safety.
In 2013 he joined Wyre Forest Local Strategic Partnership District Council as their Partnership Coordinator, on a part time basis, until January 2015.
Nick lives in Stourbridge and is married with three grown up children. He is a keen walker, cyclist and blood donor – recently making his 50th donation!
Nick has already started working with us and can be contacted at DudleyCVS. He is looking forward to meeting members of the Network in coming weeks.