How to get involved

We support a number of forums which enable local people to have an impact upon council policies and services in our work around equalities and diversity. These include the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum; Rainbow Hamlets, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Forum; Local Voices and the New Residents and Refugees forum.

Local Voices

Understanding the needs and wishes of people in Tower Hamlets is crucial to delivering the overarching objective of our Community Plan, to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in the borough. Underpinning our approach to delivering this objective is a commitment to build ‘One Tower Hamlets’ – a place where people from all backgrounds are able to have their voice heard and share equal life chances.

In recognition of the shortcomings of existing structures for hearing the voice of disabled people in the borough, the council in 2012 commissioned Real Tower Hamlets to undertake a piece of research to hear directly from disabled people on the issues they face in playing an active part in the life of the borough and realising opportunities. This research resulted in the production of a significant report which is available on the equalities project page. We are keen to hear the views of all disabled people and are committed to involve as many people as possible. If you’re interested in being involved in Local Voices, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact

Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum (THIFF)

The Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum provides a great opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution that faith organisations have in the lives of people in Tower Hamlets, and provides a space to identify how faith organisations can play an even bigger role in the future success of all communities who live and work here.

One of the most important roles of the Inter Faith Forum is to facilitate better communication and understanding between the different faiths in Tower Hamlets. In the current international climate, this role is a vital one.

The Inter Faith Forum has set itself an ambitious agenda and to achieve this is working closely with a large number of faith leaders representing the broad range of faiths in the borough, the council, the police and local umbrella and network bodies.

For further information visit the THIFF website.

Rainbow Hamlets: LGBT Community Forum

Rainbow Hamlets is for those who live, work, socialise, study or visit Tower Hamlets. The forum aims to offer LGBT community members a chance to meet local, pan London and national service providers and talk to them about what facilities they provide.

For further information visit the Rainbow Hamlets forum website.

New Residents and Refugees Forum

The forum enables new communities to have access to local policy negotiation and ensure dialogue between new communities and service providers. The forum is open to statutory services, third sector organisations and direct community representatives.

Chaired by the Service Manager for One Tower Hamlets, the forum brings together representatives from the NHS, Tower Hamlets CCG, Metropolitan Police, Housing Associations and other public services.

If you form part of a new community and would like to ensure they are represented or for more information on the New Residents and Refugee Forum please contact Alex Sutton on 020 7749 7629 or at or visit the New Residents and Refugees Forum website.