eBulletin January 2020

 
 


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Welcome to our first eBulletin of the new year!

This month we feature stories and news updates about our current activities which we hope you will enjoy and find illuminating. Amongst the items included are an invitation to our Peace Partners Introduction event in Newcastle, news about the Peace Education Programme, a heads up about a special joint fundraiser with Bedrock Books in May, an article about one of the applications for a grant from our National Lottery award, more video excerpts from our September 21st Practice Peace event, and a quick look at Peace Partners plans for 2020. We are also starting a regular short profile of one of our partners, this month we take a look at the work of Youth Futures. And we have a letter from The Prem Rawat Foundation about our support for the Choosing Peace Appeal.

Thank you for your continuing interest and participation, it is truly appreciated.

With best wishes,
the Peace Partners team

 

In this eBulletin: 

Introduction event in Newcastle
 



You are warmly invited to a presentation about Peace Partners

Saturday February 15th
4pm - 6pm


The County Hotel
Neville Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 5DF


Tel: 0191 731 6670

www.countyhotel.co.uk
opposite Newcastle Central Station, there are bus/Metro and train links

Refreshments will be provided from 4:00pm for a 4:20pm start

There will be time for questions before concluding at 6:00pm


Admission is free

 

Peace Partners is a registered charity which promotes initiatives which include The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) Peace Education Programme, and partners with various UK organisations to give them a platform to promote their causes too.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to demonstrate the ways Peace Partners currently works in different locations, and how those who live in the Newcastle area may want to become involved in partnering with local organisations or setting up their own TPRF Peace Education Programme.
  

A letter from Daya Rawat about the Choosing Peace Appeal

We are delighted to include a copy of this letter from President of The Prem Rawat Foundation to Peace Partners about our support for this campaign:



Save the Date - Fundraiser with a difference!

                       
May 10th 2020
Buckmore Park
Chatham
Kent ME5 9QG

Go-kart for charity fun racing day
Racing in teams of three in a 90 minute endurance race - highest number of laps by a team wins.  An exciting social fun day out for all levels of drivers (16yrs +).
 
A joint collaboration, all profits will go to Bedrock  Books and Peace Partners charity.
 
** Watch out for an announcement soon about how to find out more and how to buy a ticket **
 
Peace Partners organised two Peace Education Programme taster workshops in Croydon in December. Participants came from a variety of towns and cities in the UK representing a range of organisations, including individuals who were considering hosting the course.

Chrissie Waite, who facilitated the workshops, said 'It was wonderful to meet with people who are considering hosting a Peace Education Programme in their own charitable organisation or community group. Here we are during reflection time working on activities which helped us to focus on the themes in question on the two afternoons: Appreciation; Inner Strength; Self Awareness; and Clarity. A heartfelt and meaningful experience was had by all. Thank you to all attendees and volunteers for a wonderful couple of afternoons, I'm sure there'll be more!"


 

Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery: Peace Partners supports 'Get Creative with Peace'



The following article was written by the Peace Partners team in association with Celebrate Life Events for the National Lottery 'Celebrating 25 Years' campaign in 2019

  
       

Peace Partners​ is the recipient of a ​National Lottery 2019 Community Fund Award​. One of the many​ ​projects it has been able to help support through the award is the ​Get Creative with Peace​ initiative organised in Brixton, south London by Celebrate Life Events​ ​(CLE). CLE host regular cross-community and musical celebration events in London which have a focus on creativity and peace.

CLE held its initial Get Creative with Peace workshop in April 2019 and you can read about the event on CLE’s website
celebrate-life.co.uk/get-creative-with-peace​. Following its success a further five of these interactive workshops were hosted during the summer, made possible in part by significant funding from Peace Partners’ Lottery Award.

​The workshop was developed to be used with teenagers, especially in London schools and youth centres, as well as with other community groups and was piloted as a means of introducing people to the internationally acclaimed, Prem Rawat Foundation Peace Education Programme. Each of the five interactive workshops included video clips of peace ambassador Prem Rawat’s simple message, alongside activities, reflection and creative expressions through poetry and art. The guest facilitators were selected especially for the specific audience of each workshop. Overall 137 people attended, and a number of attendees came to several of the workshops.

That the workshops were a real success can be gauged by some of the comments from the participants themselves: ‘Absolutely amazing’ ‘Absolutely brilliant, I loved it’ ‘Every human being deserves at least one lesson that shows them they are creative’ ‘The videos really made me reflect’ 'It was ​completely different to anything I’ve been to before’ ‘It was really freeing, I’m leaving really uplifted … so thank you.’

​Roni, one of the CLE organisers said, “Participants and facilitators seemed to really enjoy the message in the video clips and being able to express themselves in a creative way, as did the volunteers!”

As one of its partners CLE shares with Peace Partners a commitment to help address the problem of youth violence in cities across the UK. Peace Partners’ Director Juli Hammersley says of the collaboration, “Peace Partners is delighted to support this initiative, which is awakening a real and vibrant hope in the lives of young Londoners and the wider communities of which they are a part.”

Peace Partners is proud to be a part of the National Lottery 25th anniversary celebrations, and to be able to support a project like​ ​Get Creative with Peace which is making a difference in the lives of young, as well as not so young, Londoners.

​Links for more information:


Peace Partners 
CLE Get Creative with Peace Workshop 
CLE Five Interactive Workshops responses 
CLE and ‘Seeds of Peace’ at Lambeth College, Clapham 
Peace Partners Waves of Change Forum, Croydon Festival of Peace
The Prem Rawat Foundation’s Peace Education Programme

 

More video from the Waves of Change 'Practice Peace' event on International Peace Day


 
Peace Partners in association with Youth Futures and The Tutu Foundation UK
celebrated the
United Nations International Day of Peace at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Watch more videos from the event


Elijah at Practice Peace (7mins): 

 



Gennoria at Practice Peace (5mins): 

 
 


Practice Peace Panel Conversation (31mins): 
 
 
Read more about the day on our website here.

 
Partner Focus


                                     
 


Youth Futures was set up in January 2012 following the closure of other local youth projects due to funding cuts. It emerged in response to a number of local young people voicing their concern and disappointment that there was a lack of safe social spaces in the Camberwell area, and since then they have continued to follow a youth-led model, shaping their work based on what our members need and want to see in their community.

Youth Futures have partnered with Peace Partners at a number of our events, making presentations about their work and facilitating interactive workshops aimed at overcoming social communication obstacles. One of their projects, a collaboration with The Tutu Foundation UK, is the The Roundtable Ubuntu Project, which promotes meaningful dialogue and improving relations between the police and young people across several London Boroughs.

Visit their website to find out more about their work: 
https://youthfutures.org.uk/ . Find them on Facebook here

Read our interview with some of their leaders about the Roundtable project:
https://www.peacepartners.co.uk/news/the-ubuntu-roundtable-project

 

Exciting plans for 2020


Peace Partners has exciting plans for the year ahead. In this eBulletin we are promoting our first local area Introduction event of the year, and we also have notice of a Fundraiser with a difference!

As well as continuing to build on our support for the TPRF The Peace Education Programme in communities and organisations, we want to expand our support for humanitarian initiatives like the TPRF Food For People Programme and have plans to hold two of our Waves of Change forum events, one in London and one outside the capital. An important step for us again this year will be to further our collaborative activities with our partners. The fundraiser already mentioned is notable as it is a joint endeavour with Bedrock Books, who have already collaborated with us in our forum and workshop events. This year we are keen to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of The Pledge to Peace at the Houses of Parliament.

If you like the sound of these upcoming activities and would like to be involved in any of them - in ways big or small - please do get in touch with via info@peacepartners.co.uk. You can be assured of an enthusiastic response!

Two current volunteering opportunities are highlighted in the following section: 

 
Volunteering
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us move forward with our projects making a difference to the lives of many. We work hard to make sure volunteers can learn new skills and receive the support they need. You are a vital part of the team. Current ongoing opportunities include:

Partnership Assistant
​This is the perfect opportunity for a volunteer who is enthusiastic and enjoys creating new connections and developing partnerships, expanding our current partnership base through creating invitations and communications.

​Community Fundraisers
​Work within local communities to raise the profile of The Peace Education Programme and the work of Peace Partners in this field, along with our fundraising effort for humanitarian relief and TPRF Food for People initiatives.

 
Find out more about our current vacancies here


Parts of many of Peace Partners' Waves of Change forum events have been recorded and edited by our wonderful volunteer team of videographers. Recently we undertook a review of the video content on our YouTube channel and a number of new playlists have been created. 

The content includes excerpts from our most recent Waves of Change forum, the Practice Peace event hosted at Croydon's Fairfield Halls on the International Day of Peace last September.

The videos are a great way to find out more about our work, or to simply to remind yourself of something you were a part of! Take a look here:

 
Peace Partners' Youtube channel

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