Police Chaplaincies and Inter Faith Week 2021

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Inter Faith Week 2021 2021 will take place in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland from Sunday 14 to Sunday 21 November.

An ever-growing array of organisations participate, from faith groups and schools to sports organisations, local authorities, statutory services, cultural institutions, hospitals, and hospices.

The Week is a tremendous opportunity for police chaplaincies to develop good relations between and celebrate the diverse faiths and beliefs represented among police staff.

Below are a few activity ideas that police chaplaincies may be interested to consider for Inter Faith Week this year. These draw on successful activities held by chaplaincies in recent times. Most can be adapted, if needed, to be fully or partly virtual.

  • Hold an Inter Faith Week event where staff from your chaplaincy team and police staff contribute through readings and music from a variety of faiths and belief traditions
  • Arrange a “faith fair” at one of the stations in your Force area with representatives of different religions and belief traditions having “stalls” which staff can visit to learn more
  • Create an exhibition about different faiths and beliefs to display at Police HQ or a designated station
  • Give staff an opportunity to share an aspect of their faith or belief that is important to them, perhaps using a story or object to help, at a discussion group
  • Give staff the opportunity to visit places of worship to learn about the communities that they serve
  • Create and fly an Inter Faith Week flag based on the downloadable logo
  • Write an Inter Faith Week piece for your Force’s newsletter or bulletin about how your chaplaincy works to support staff of all faiths and beliefs
  • Produce a series of posts for your social media to introduce the members of your chaplaincy team and explore what "inter faith" means to them

You can find further ideas for police forces here

If you hold an activity, we’d love to hear! If you submit the details at  so we can list the event on our website, you will be eligible for a free pack with Inter Faith Week stickers, a poster, flyers, and a blank message card on which to share an Inter Faith Week message. You can indicate that an event is closed to just staff, but listing the activity still contributes to the ‘buzz’ of the Week and demonstrates how your chaplaincy is engaging positively with the faiths and beliefs of staff.

Whatever you do, you are welcome to use Inter Faith Week branding: the logo and materials can be found here

If you post about your event you can use #InterFaithWeek on any social media and tag @IFweek on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

If you would like to discuss your ideas with one of the team, you can contact us on 020 7730 0410 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Inter Faith Week has taken place since 2009. It is led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK and supported by the Government. IFN has been working since 1987 to promote mutual respect and understanding between the faith communities of the UK. It works with the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum and the Inter-faith Council for Wales/ Cyngor Rhyngffydd Cymru in relation to the Week in those nations.

Scotland: If you are a police chaplaincy in Scotland, you may like to look up details for Scottish Interfaith Week, which is led by Interfaith Scotland. This year it is linked to COP26 in Glasgow and is therefore beginning earlier than usual on 31 October: 

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