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C of E, Catholic, Sikh – and that’s just the director. Meet Roz Miller from Islington Faiths Forum

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 June 2017

Roz Miller of Islington Faiths Forum. Picture: Valeria Fiore

Roz Miller of Islington Faiths Forum. Picture: Valeria Fiore

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Roz Miller has been working with Islington Faiths Forum since 2005. She tells Valeria Fiore why its efforts are needed now more than ever in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack.

Just two days before the attack in Finsbury Park, Roz Miller, development director of the Islington Faiths Forum, had organised a Great Get Together event to celebrate unity at the Muslim Welfare House in Islington.

In the aftermath of the attack that left a man dead and 11 injured, Roz is more dedicated to her cause that she’s ever been before.

She said: “What happened is going to make us more determined. I now feel more focused. We don’t rest on our laurels. We continue.”

Roz joined the Islington Faiths Forum as a volunteer in 2005, the year after it formed.

Although she says Sikh teachings resonate with her, she thinks of herself as a “multi-faith” person. She grew up in Dorset, where she was raised according to Church of England principles – even though she went to a Catholic school.

The forum is small, but Roz is proud of what she does. “I love this work and I am 100 per cent committed to it,” she told the Gazette.

“Islington is amazing. It is so diverse.”

She added: “I’ve had a love affair with Islington for a long time.

“I love the people here. It’s hard to define it, but I just love working here.”

The Great Get Together was organised in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

“The Muslim Welfare House kindly offered its site,” said Roz. “We gave young people a platform to speak and the police had a slot to talk about hate crime.”

As director, Roz fundraises constantly.

“With this incident on Monday, people got the chance to see what the quality of our working together brings,” she said.

“Sometimes I don’t think people realise how much we do for the community.

“We do projects with schools, we are going to deliver peace assemblies in September, we organise lectures and debates, and we do an annual football match.”

Roz believes there is a lot people can do to bring neighbourhoods together.

“Just go out and meet people,” she said. “Meet your neighbours and do things with them.

“The problem at the moment is that there is a lot of fear and fear breeds fear.

“I’d love us all to address this together.”


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