This Sunday is World Religion Day, an annual celebration of the world’s many and varied faiths.
The aim of World Religion Day is to foster interfaith understanding by highlighting the common denominators that exist across religions. World Religion Day was founded originally in the US in the 1950s by members of the Bahá'í faith - a religion that embraces the value of all faiths and teaches unity, oneness, and equality. Since then, World Religion Day has evolved into a global celebration of faith, with events taking place around the world.
World Religion Day resonates especially with Family Links in our work within different religious communities.
In 2018, the National Office of Statistics estimated that there were more than 3.3 million Muslims living in the UK - representing the second-largest faith in this country - yet most family support programmes don’t meet the needs of this community.
Our 5-day Parent Group Leader training with Islamic Values training course is often attended by practitioners who are leaders in their local communities around the country. The course enables these professionals to deliver 10-week parent groups promoting emotional health, relationship skills and positive behaviour management strategies for parents and carers.
Often the groups take place in Mosques and in Madrassah (Islamic schools) in their mother tongue, helping to remove language barriers and making the delivery of our training more accessible. Importantly, we relate our programme content directly to Islamic Values to provide greater meaning and context for the Muslim community.
Our training course Parenting, Culture and Religion is for practitioners working directly with families within a diverse community and want to build successful relationships with them. The aim is not to be an expert in every religion, but to consider how cultural issues impact on parenting and the implications that this has for practice.
If you work within a diverse community and would like to know more, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.