Southampton Council of Faiths announced as newest Delivery Partner for UK City of Culture 2025


13 Apr, 2022

We are happy to announce Southampton Council of Faiths (SCOF) as our newest Delivery Partner, joining us in support of the bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.

Based within the heart of the city, SCOF helps plays a vital role in promoting the understanding and access between faiths in the region and provides communications between faith communities and public bodies such as the police, fire, and health services. Meeting eight times a year, they discuss issues of mutual concern and recognise the importance of overcoming ignorance and fear.

Within SCOF, seven faiths are represented – Bahai, Buddhist, Islam, Christian, Hindu, Judaism and Sikhism – and one member from each faith acts as faith advisors to the Mayor of Southampton.

“Southampton Council of Faiths are excited about the opportunities that this project will offer the people of Southampton to learn about, and engage with the faith communities and enjoy the diverse character of the city.”David Vane, SCOF Chair. 

As a Delivery Partner, SCOF will provide on the ground support within the community as the charity organisation pledges its commitment to Southampton’s bid for the UK City of Culture title.

Bid Director, Claire Whitaker OBE, said: “Southampton Council of Faiths plays a vital role in representing the diversity and breadth of the faith communities in Southampton and we are thrilled to be working with them as a Delivery Partner. This partnership ensures that our faith communities are shaping our programme and legacy for the city and the wider region.

We cannot wait to start our partnership with Southampton Council of Faiths and help showcase the city’s faith sectors and the important role they play in our community support.

To learn more about Southampton Council of Faiths, and to see how they will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, please visit: