Faith groups work together to help stop the spread

Published: Thursday, October 15, 2020

The council is working with the borough’s faith groups to communicate key messages about how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. 

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Several faith group leaders have recorded video messages that they will share with their networks via Whatsapp.  

The information tells members of their faith group about Test and Trace, including how to download the app, and measures they can take to stop the spread, such as following social distancing rules and regularly washing their hands. The leaders worked with the council’s public health team to ensure the messages were correct.  

One of the faith leaders to take part, Bishop Noel McLean from the Yahweh Christian Fellowship said: “I was delighted to do the video, as I believe that faith communities are incredibly influential and play an invaluable part in the well-being of communities.  

“However, with this influence comes responsibility and it is crucial that we continue to utilise a track and trace system, with respect to our services and observe the protocols and guidelines outlined by Government for places of worship.  In order to continue the fight against this Pandemic, we all need to play our part and spread the message that ‘together we will win’.” 

Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Ravi Govindia is also the chairman of the borough’s Multi-faith Group, which meets regularly.  Cllr Govindia said: “We held a really productive meeting of the Group recently to discuss how we can all work together to support residents through the pandemic and help the borough recover afterwards.  

“The clear message from faith leaders is that they want our help to get useful information out to their groups. Not everyone engages with the national messaging around Coronavirus, but they told us that members do value information from their local council and especially from their faith leaders.  

“We will continue to work together over the coming months as the local and national situation developers to help ensure everyone has the knowledge they need to help fight this virus.” 

So far three messages have been recorded, and these can be viewed and shared on You Tube.  

Other videos will be available shortly. Any other faith or community group that would like to take part in the project can contact partnerships@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 

Find out more about the Multi-faith Group.