From Monday 13th November – Sunday 19th November, thirty (30) families from across many religious and belief communities in Leicestershire, will be opening their doors to welcome members of the British Armed Forces into their homes.

St Philip’s Centre is launching this groundbreaking scheme a day after Remembrance Sunday and to coincide with Inter Faith Week UK.

The ‘Faiths, Forces & Food’ project intends to support the UK military by encouraging personal interaction and understanding between the armed forces and diverse communities. In total, well over 100 people are expected to participate in this innovative initiative including many children who will have the opportunity with their parents to meet and to speak to serving members of the military for the first time.

The scheme is being supported by the Covenant Fund and will witness lunches and dinners taking place every day during the week. The diverse range of families hosting the armed forces in their homes covers the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities.

Riaz Ravat, Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre said, “The response to this project has been overwhelming. Families from across the faith communities are very excited to be hosting the military because it will provide them with an opportunity to show their support and to engage in free flowing conversations. The armed forces will learn about the diverse mosaic of the UK and the families will hear about the challenges of working to secure peace around the world.

Mr Ravat added, “I am particularly pleased that once again here in Leicestershire, we are at the cutting edge of Inter Faith Week with this creative, high impact and interactive venture”.

Colonel Stuart Williams, Deputy Commander of 7th Infantry Brigade, also known as the Desert Rats, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for different ethnic communities to see the people behind the uniform. We have military personnel living and work across the county, including many reservists, so we hope that this event will give an insight into the military. It’s equally a good opportunity for our own personnel to learn more about different faiths in the region and to deepen their understanding.”