A message from the new Chair of trustees, Rik Child.
I’m pleased to report that at last night’s AGM of the BHFA I was elected to the office of chair of the board of trustees with a firm majority. I am honoured to have won the backing of members from a wide variety of faith traditions, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups and happy to have spoken to so many of you. I would like to thank all those members who placed their faith in my vision of what the BHFA could become.
NEXT FEW WEEKS
Over the next few weeks I’ll be working with fellow trustees and staff in organising the BHFA to ensure it fulfils its aims and objectives.
To this end:
- I have asked Lev, our Project coordinator to establish a regular membership newsletter to go out every month to our members. This is to keep members better informed over the progress of the BHFA and to encourage greater membership engagement and foster unity.
- I am about to reach out to several faith leaders and invite them to join the board of trustees to inject new energy and determination to accomplish our vision. More soon.
- I think we should have a vice-chair who represents each of the main faith traditions in our city. This is to ensure that a senior voice from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist groups are heard at an executive level. Obviously, we want to engage other groups too as trustees.
- I have organised a meeting with the CEO of Community Works to discuss how to take the Faith Partnership forwards which is our core income stream at present.
With the social and economic uncertainty of Brexit looming, cuts to local authority budgets continuing and the disturbing rise in religious hate crime, it has never been more important for faith groups to unite in delivering social welfare services, ensuring that any gaps in our social safety net are filled and stand together in resisting religious hate crime.
I will do everything I can to ensure the BHFA plays an active role in bring faith groups together in this important work.
Rik Child, Brighthelm
Chair, Brighton and Hove Faith in Action