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Queen’s award honours faiths forum role after terror attack

08 June, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Faith leaders with mayor David Poyser, who told them: ‘The work you have done is fantastic’

FAITH leaders were treated to afternoon tea at the Town Hall on Monday to celebrate receiving a prestigious award from the Queen.

Members of Islington Faiths Forum, which promotes peace and diversity, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It is the highest award given to a voluntary group in the country, the charity world’s equivalent of an MBE.

The forum was honoured after coming together to support the Muslim community following the Finsbury Park terror attack last year in which one man died.

Roz Miller, development manager at the forum, said: “It’s such a great honour. We are constantly building relationships and we have built up relationships of trust. We work very closely with each other.

“We were able to mobilise very quickly after the Finsbury Park attack and respond very quickly. We were all together at the police station and within hours of the attack issued a statement which was read out on the national news.”

The board of trustees includes the chairmen of Finsbury Park mosque and Muslim Welfare House mosque.

Ms Miller said the forum, which hosts interfaith events to encourage dialogue between religious groups, was necessary to help combat intolerance.

Alongside the former chair of the forum, Jennifer Potter, Ms Miller received the award at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

New mayor Councillor David Poyser hosted the Town Hall event. He told the forum: “It is wonderful the work you do together and really captures the Islington spirit of diversity – where we make our diversity our strength and not our weakness.

“The work you have done is fantastic.”

The forum is hosting a get-together at Muslim Welfare House, 233 Seven Sisters Road, between 2pm and 3.30pm on June 23.

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