COVID-19 testing – places of worship

You may be aware of a series of ongoing pilots using lateral flow devices (LFDs) to test for COVID-19. This is an on-the-spot test for COVID-19 for people without symptoms, that gives a result in 30 mins. The test is being rolled out, at first, across the country to care homes, universities and hospitals. Directors of Public Health also have access to tests for use in their local communities.

We are exploring how we might best use our testing allocation for our communities. We are considering options for places of worship to take part in this programme as test sites, to offer testing to their members. The aim is to find as many COVID-19 infections as possible in people that do not know they are infectious and could spread it to others, without realising, while attending their place of worship. By finding these asymptomatic infections, the individual can self-isolate to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable members of the community.

I was wondering if you knew of any places of worship that may wish to take part in this testing programme? Or, if you would be able to cascade information / an invitation to join the programme to members of the BMFF?

Dr Elliott Roy-Highley

Public Health Registrar

London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4EW

Tel: 020 8359 3663

Support your community by becoming a Barnet COVID-19 Health Champion

Today, we are really pleased to announce the launch of the new Barnet COVID-19 Health Champions. The COVID-19 Health Champions project aims to empower hundreds of Barnet residents to be up to date on the latest advice about COVID-19, discuss it and share it with friends, family and the wider community.

This email includes:

  • An overview and how to get involved
  • Ways to promote the project
  • Promotional materials (attached poster and social tile) for you to share

About Barnet COVID-19 Health Champions

COVID-19 Health Champions enables Barnet residents to remain up to date on the latest advice about COVID-19, so they can help family, friends and other community members make sense of the latest guidelines and information about the virus. As a Health Champion, you will receive regular updates on COVID-19 by email, WhatsApp or in live information sessions, and be able to share onward the key and current health messages with your networks, in whatever format that you like.

So, if you live, work, volunteer or study in Barnet, please sign up as a Health Champion by visiting: and complete the short registration form.   

The Health Champions is being delivered by Barnet Council in partnership with Groundwork London, part of Barnet Together. For more information, please see the attached poster; or email the team:

Promoting the project together

Together, we can make sure that everyone in Barnet has the information they need to take informed decisions and stay safe and healthy.

We would really appreciate your support in promoting the COVID-19 Health Champions to help engage the diverse Barnet community. Some ways you can help:

Email to colleagues / your network

  • Please use copy above to promote sign up and forward on to your wider networks: ‘Support your community by becoming a Barnet COVID-19 Health Champion’ 
  • Include poster attachment: ‘Become a Health Champion’ PDF

Share on social media
Through your organisations Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram:

  • Share the attached social media tile
  • Use suggested caption: Do you live, work, volunteer or study in Barnet? Support your community and sign up as a COVID-19 Health Champion. Visit 
  • Tag: @barnetcouncil @barnettogether
  • Use: #BarnetHealthChampions

Sign up as a Health Champion 

Last of all, you too can sign up as a Health Champion and share current information and infographics about COVID-19 amongst colleagues and throughout the organisation. Please sign up by completing the online registration form.


BMFForum Inter Faith Week Quiz

The third and final event of BMFForum Inter Faith Week as out Inter Faith Quiz.

Thank you to all who attended and made it such a fun and meaningful event. As part of the evening and in support of Mitzvah Day we made a dedication to the foodbank at Trinity Church, Colindale.

If you would like to make food donations drop-off is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1200hr – 1400hr at Trinity Church, Avion Crescent, Grahame Park Way, NW9 5QY

Adopting a Barnet-wide definition of Islamophobia

Joint Motion in the name of Cllr Dan Thomas and Cllr Barry Rawlings
Council: Tuesday 20th October 2020

This Council notes that:

  1. The Council agreed to create and adopt a definition of Islamophobia in July 2019
  2. According to the 2011 census, over 36,000 Muslims live in Barnet, making up over 8% of the borough’s population
  3. Muslim communities in Barnet are members of traditions from around the globe, including but not limited to Albania, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia
  4. The below definition was written from consultation with Barnet’s Muslim community, and has the support of the Barnet Islamic Forum.

This Council believes that:

  1. No form of racial or religious hatred has any place in the London Borough of Barnet
  2. It is right that a definition of Islamophobia in Barnet was built by the Barnet Muslim community

This Council adopts the following definition of Islamophobia:

Anti-Muslim prejudice, also known as islamophobia, is a perception of Muslims, often expressed as adislike or hatred towards an individual, a group or their property, institutions and facilities for possessing the perceived characteristics of a Muslim.

This prejudice is often rooted in racism, and can be manifested in many ways, including but not limited to abusive behaviour, threats of violence, damage and desecration of property, assault and extreme violence.

Condolences following the death of Sgt Matt Rattana

On behalf of BMFF (Barnet Multi Faith Forum) we would like to send our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues and to the wider Police Family of Sgt Matt Rattana

Our thoughts and prayers are with them and all who knew him as they grieve for him on this very sad occasion

We pray for Sergeant Rattana’s Soul to Rest in Peace – Amen

With love, friendship and prayers

Asmina Remtulla, Secretary
on behalf of the President and Chair of BMFF