Plymouth Centre for Faiths & Cultural Diversity

THE HISTORY OF PCFCD

The Centre is currently situated in Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Road, Plymouth.

Initially, an interfaith group which brought people together from the major world faiths and continuing support for the venture has come from our two local bishops, members of the different faith communities, and other interested organisations.

Plymouth City Council generously provided initial start-up funds to renovate the building and get the project up and running. The Centre was established as a charity and officially opened on 20th September 2001 by Councillor Maureen Lawley.

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2016, the Centre has developed hugely in the intervening years and is now widely regarded across the city as a major resource; providing contacts, expertise and experience within the fields of religious diversity, interfaith dialogue and support and engagement with faith communities.

This is a unique service and achievement which was recognised in 2008 in the Queens New Years Honours List, when the founder, Jonathan Marshall was awarded an MBE for services to the community. To the best of our knowledge, there is no similar service providing such opportunities for young people anywhere else in the country.

The Centre was established as the result of this vision and as a response to the growing need across the city for greater awareness and understanding of a multi-faith and multicultural society and engages and supports many of the smaller faith groups in Plymouth.

A group of Trustees drawn from six different faith communities oversees the Centre. There are three staff members working on the premises. Our faith and cultural speakers are working in many schools across Devon and Cornwall every day. And number of essential volunteers help with the practical business of operating the Centre and delivering services.

 

Our Services

PCFCD is pleased to offer a range of services to support teaching and learning in Religious Education and the related Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural and British Values curricula. These include:

  • Visiting Speakers – People from all walks of life, able to communicate and interact clearly and sensitively about their beliefs and experiences
  • Workshops – Experienced specialist practitioners who can offer informative and engaging interactive workshops based on their faith or culture
  • Visits to Places of Worship – Bringing classroom learning to life by arranging speaker-led visits to places of worship in Plymouth

We also offer adult education and training sessions for local professionals and groups seeking better understanding of the influence of belief, faith and culture in the workplace and across the community including but not limited to:

  • Understanding Islam
  • WRAP/Prevent