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Religion, identity, citizenship – Pakistan & London

This Saturday in Tooting – Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Prof Iftikhar Malik & Revd Rana Khan.

Let me know if you’d like an invitation.

Inter Faith Week in London

For Londoners interested to know what’s going on during Inter Faith Week (21-27 November), I’ve added a page to the London Boroughs Faiths Network blog with a selection of events.

LBFN, which I convene, is hosting an event for those interested in links with multifaith and intercultural networks in Europe.  As ever, people of all faiths and none are very welcome – leave a comment here if you’d like more information.

Healing Our Broken Village II

The second conference on the church, black communities and mental health is taking place today at New Testament Assembly in Tooting, with Dr Frank Keating as keynote speaker.

Aaaruthal – mental wellbeing & the Tamil community

A packed conference in two venues – the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Merton and Springfield Hospital in Wandsworth – on collective trauma and the mental wellbeing of the Sri Lankan Tamil community in London also looked at how local religious communities can ‘co-produce’ health services with the NHS to good effect.

A short film of the event is posted on the WCEN website.

Data & mapping: government publication or citizen conversation?

At WCEN we’ve been looking at how local communities, especially those on the edge, can get the local information that government holds on us (eg on how healthy we are, where crime is happening).  If we have the same data as they do, we’ll be better able to come up with ideas on how to make our local communities healthier, safer, etc – and work with the public services to make it happen.

We’re particularly interested in mapping, with data arriving as live feeds.  And we want to be able to add our own information. So far we’ve talked to academics, mainly geographers, about possibilities.

With co-production / coop councils / Big Society ideas all around, I was happy to find Hadley Beeman’s new blog on government open data – & all the comments it’s attracted.  Have a look – all kinds of government officials, policy wonks, computer types, academics are contributing.

Closing the Gap: co-production of health services

Packed WCEN conference “Closing the Gap” (between health services & local communities) in Wandsworth. It followed several meetings at places of worship and other community groups where Wandsworth NHS board members listened to the difficulties some people face when trying to get the health care they need.

Latest film is now on the WCEN website.

Whose Shout?

Blogs and tweets from Lambeth people on the Whose Shout? report  include a very good overview from Brixton Blog and a daring plunge into the statistics in the introductory chapter from Lurking About SE11.

Both blogs encourage comments.  It’s another way for people to have their say, so make sure you do.  I’m sure Lambeth Community-Police Consultative Group will be keeping an eye on the online debate.

@SE11_Lurker says that a summary would be useful.  What do you think?  The report is deliberately easy on the eye with lots of pictures and graphics – but do folk have the time to wade through it all?

I’d welcome your comments here, too.


You’ll find something here about the work I’m involved in.  Just leave a comment or email me at catriona dot robertson [] btinternet dot com if you’d like to be in touch or to know more.

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