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Waltham Forest Police Faith Communities Officer, PC Steven MacDonald
My name is Steven Macdonald .I have served as a police officer in Waltham Forest for over 17 years .During that time I have been employed in a number of roles.

In November 2008 I was appointed as the new Faith Officer for the borough.

Waltham Forest has over 200 places of worship in the borough covering a wide range of faiths and cultures .My role is to help develop significant working relationships between the police ,faith groups and partner agencies and to act as a single point of contact .

" I hope to carry on the good work of the previous role holder PC Wardop and develop further the relationships which already exist between Waltham Forest police and the faith community ".

Steven MacDonald is based at Walthamstow Police Station
360 Forest Road   Walthamstow  E17 5JQ

Inter Faith Network
Waltham Forest Faith Communities Forum is a member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK

The Interfaith Network was founded in 1987 to promote good relations between people of different faiths in the UK and to "advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in Britain, including an awareness both of their distinctive features and of their common ground".

The Inter Faith Network for the UK links in membership national faith community representative bodies; national, regional and local inter faith organisations; and academic and educational bodies. It works with them and with Government and other agencies to promote good inter faith relations in the UK. Further information about its work can be found at


Leaders and managers in the learning and skills sector can access a Faith Communities Toolkit that sets out why the sector will benefit from engaging with faith communities. It provides the information and practical guidance needed to encourage the inclusion and understanding of faith communities and draw on the valuable contribution people’s beliefs can bring to their work, workplace or learning.  The toolkit can be downloaded from their website

Please email , or ring 020 7931 7766 or visit the ‘Vacancies’ section of the Network’s website,

The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths
The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths is dedicated to teaching, research and dialogue in the encounter between Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is an umbrella organisation for the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (CJCR, founded in 1998) and the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR, established in 2006).

The Woolf Institute is named in honour of Lord harry Woolf, former Lord chief Justice, who gives it his full support and encouragement.  The Woolfe Institute is a UK-registered charity No. 1069589.  for details see the Charity Commission.

For enquiries about the Woolf Institute please email

CJCR is one of the world's leading instittues in the study and teaching of all aspects of the encounter between Christians and Jews throught the ages.  CMJR aims similarly to become a major establishment for the study and teaching of all aspects of the encounter between Muslims and Jews throught the ages.

Diversity and Dialogue:
Building better understanding between young people living in a multi-faith society report that looks at how to build better understanding between young people from differnt faiths and backgrounds growing up in Britain today.  It examines the experiences and attitudes of young people living in multi-faith environments, beginning with an analysis of interviews with 124 young people. 

For more information about Diversity and Dialogue project, please visit The site contains free educational resources, an online directory of young interfaith projects and much more. further particulars and an application form. CMJR

Contact Steven MacDonald on  07825 282192 or