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Faith & Belief Forum (F&BF) (Formerly 3FF)

The Faith & Belief Forum (formerly 3FF) has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to build good relations between people of all faiths and beliefs, and to create a society where difference is celebrated. In our diverse societies good relations between our communities are essential. Without these ties, myths and prejudices flourish, often leading to racism and intolerance. Our programmes break down barriers and find ways for people to work together to improve their communities and society. By building new intercommunal relationships we make positive social change possible. We are a non-religious, non-political not-for-profit organization.

Inspire young people. Share your story in our interfaith workshops. We are looking for confident and enthusiastic volunteers from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds to speak with us in schools in and around London and Birmingham. Help us raise awareness of what it means to be part of a faith or belief tradition, and develop young people’s skills of empathy, by sharing your experiences and beliefs.

You don’t need to be an expert - you just need to be reflective about your own experiences, have a passion for promoting understanding and dialogue, and be willing to engage constructively with others.

We will provide you with full training including: interfaith methods, story-telling, public speaking and working with young people. You will become part of the 3FF speaker network, with regular meetings, and access to events and job/voluntary opportunities.

Role Aim: 

To enhance young people’s awareness of and empathy with your faith or non-religious beliefs as they are lived, through school visits as part of an interfaith team.

Enable young people to meet adults from diverse backgrounds, after which they will:

* Better understand their connections with people who seem different to them;

* Have had their questions answered;

* Be more secure in their own identities;

* Have increased confidence in meeting new people from different backgrounds.

Duties: 

Our most popular schools workshop, ?Encountering Faiths and Beliefs?, helps to raise awareness of what it means to be part of a faith or belief tradition and improves young people’s skills of empathy through opportunities for encounter with volunteers from a wide range of different backgrounds. This workshop is offered to students in Years 4 to 13.

We are looking for confident and enthusiastic volunteers from different backgrounds to take part in these workshops by sharing their beliefs and experiences in the form of a five minute story. They will also take part in a Q&A dialogue, where students ask their burning questions. The session takes place within a ?safe space?, set by a 3FF facilitator, who leads the activities.

Skills needed: 

This opportunity requires:

* Passion for promoting understanding and dialogue

* Interest in meeting people from different backgrounds

* Availability to speak in schools at least once per school term

* Identification with a faith or set of non-religious beliefs

* Ability to reflect on own experiences of faith and beliefs, in a positive and informative way

* Experience working with young people preferred but not necessary

Training: 

This opportunity offers full training including: interfaith methods, public speaking and working with young people. You will receive mentoring to construct an engaging and informative personal story, then regular ongoing support to develop your skills.

Location: 
Primary and Secondary schools across London and/or Birmingham.
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
All school visits take place during the school day (08.30-15.30) so speakers must have some availability during these hours.