About Us

Who are we?

The Interfaith Forum (formerly the Interfaith Council) was launched in December 1999 and since then has worked continuously to build stronger links between faith communities and to promote community cohesion and social inclusion within Blackburn with Darwen.

Since it inception, Interfaith Forum has become a trusted forum for exchange between the different faiths in the Borough.

The BwD Interfaith Forum

The Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum is a registered charity with the following ‘Objects’

-To advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Blackburn with Darwen.

The Interfaith Forum looks to celebrate the different and distinctive features of each Faith, promotes working together on common ground and good relations between people of different faiths and no faith

The present Member Faiths include-


Each Faith’s umbrella organisation can appoint up to 4 representatives to the Advisory Committee.

What do we do?

The Interfaith Forum aims:

  • To work together to foster understanding and cooperation between the faith communities in Blackburn with Darwen
  • To increase understanding of the positive role that the faith communities can play in society
  • To improve the quality of life of local people by working together on agreed projects in order to demonstrate our commitment to working in partnership between people of different faiths.


Faith communities in the Borough, as well as throughout UK, are making Britain one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. The Interfaith Forum provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to discuss issues of shared concern and work together to promote understanding and co-operation, recognising the common issues facing communities across faith boundaries as well as identifying the problems of marginalised and socially excluded groups.


The Forum’s membership is determined from nominations from respected faiths. Members of the following historic world faiths who have members living within the Borough may each appoint up to four members:

  • the Christian community
  • the Muslim community
  • the Hindu community
  • the Jewish community
  • the Sikh community
  • the Buddhist community