Leadership & Democracy Week Programme

This year Faiths Forum for London (FFL) & Faiths United Youth Network (FUYN) teamed up to create a week built to inspire and help young adults, with an interest in politics and civic engagement, meet, engage and learn from individuals who work in the heart of the UK political system.

In previous years, participants had visited 10 Downing Street, City Hall and other key political landmarks in the UK, however, due to Covid-19, this year FFL partnered with FUYN to bring the experience online! All workshops, talks and skill building exercises were made accessible to participants through Zoom. The FFL & FUYN team created an experience that promised to excite and enhance the skills of our future leaders.

Are you between the ages of 18-30?

Are you free for 4 hours on 31st August – 3rd September 20201? 

Do you have an interest in the UK political system?

If so, keep an eye out on all FUYN social media pages (@FaithsUnitedYN), fill out an application form once admissions are open and join us for a week-long programme filled with talks from key political figures and interactive online workshops, educating today’s youth on creative methods of engagement used to influence the UK political landscape. Each day of the week is tailored to create the perfect balance between understanding politics from those that are in the very heart of the action and talks from young leaders that have become politically active through more ‘untraditional means’. The week consists of…

  • Social media workshops – get some tips and tricks on how to maximise your online engagement!
  • Public speaking workshops – learn how to amplify your voice!
  • Entry into politics – find out the best ways to enter UK politics!
  • Exclusive talks from influential Politicians, Campaigners and Activists!
  • And much more…

Just click HERE to fill out an application form.

Applications have now closed for 2020. Applications for 2021 will open next summer.



Leadership and Democracy week usually runs from 31st August – 3rd September.

Monday – 13:00 – 14:30

Tuesday – 13:00 – 17:00

Wednesday – 13:00 – 17:00

Thursday – 13:00 – 17:00

Yes! All workshops, talks and skill building exercises will be done over Zoom.

No! We line-up interactive workshops every day of the week. We promise you won’t just be talked at for the entire four days!

Just click HERE to fill out an application form. 

Applications are closed for 2020. 

Speakers included: 

  • Alison Moore, Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet. 
  • Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director of Renė Cassin. 
  • Jasvir Singh OBE, Founder of South Asian Heritage Month. 
  • Katharine Thane, Senior Researcher & Policy Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. 
  • Pasha Shah, Senior Policy Adviser/Head of Community Engagement at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 
  • Bim Afolami MP, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 2017.
  • Joshua William, Activist, Campaigner and Personality. 
  • Adam Aslam, Heritage Researcher and Youth Worker. 
  • Esther Offenberg, Activist and Vice President of World Union of Jewish Students. 

The overall aims of the week are:

  • To enhance your ability to articulate your thoughts and develop your public speaking skills.

  • To provide tools/methods for effective campaigning.

  • To advance your understanding of national/local politics.

  • To understand how politics is relevant to YOU (recognising alternative forms of political engagement).

FUYN Leadership & Democracy Week 2020 Participant Feedback:

I thoroughly enjoyed the week – both the workshops & talks were thought-provoking & engaging, and covered a wide variety of topics/skills. Everyone was very friendly & the experience has definitely inspired me to continue to stand up for what I am passionate about! Thank you.

Sahar Mulji

The environment of intellectual curiosity and learning from the participants was also something amazing to be part of. Each speaker had their own different contributions and different styles/niches/backgrounds/attitudes, and you could learn something different from all of them.

Sravya Vaddiraju

This was a really interesting programme to take part in. I feel there have been so many catastrophic things going so it was really enjoyable and made me very hopeful to take part in something like this. I feel it ignited something in me that I thought had gone out. Thank you! Really nice to meet people here as well.
Christina Oredeko