17/01/2018 - Published by

City Of Boston United States delegation visits Peace Centre

Cities of Manchester (UK) and Boston (US) community leaders come together to share their experiences of how to recover following terrorist attacks

A high-level delegation from Boston, Massachusetts in the United States is visiting the City of Manchester, UK, to share their experience of recovery and building community resilience following the Boston Marathon terrorist attack in April 2013 and to learn about the response following the Manchester attack in May 2017.  The delegation will spend a day at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre (Thursday 18th January) to hear about the partnership between the Peace Foundation and Manchester City Council that builds community resilience, prevents extremism and they will find out about the assistance being provided to those people affected by the Manchester bombing. 

The delegation is led by William B. Evans, Police Commissioner, City of Boston Police Department and his colleagues from the city’s Mayor’s office alongside representatives from US Non-Governmental Agencies.  They will meet the Founders of the charity Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE and as well as touring the Peace Centre, they will spend a day with members of the Foundation’s team.

The Peace Foundation works in partnership with Manchester City Council promoting community cohesion and working to prevent violent extremism through a series of projects in schools and colleges.  The Foundation also operates the national Survivors Assistance Network that assists victims and survivors of terrorism resident in Great Britain and is currently supporting over 700 people affected by the Manchester attack.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, will host the visit: “We are delighted to welcome the delegation and hear about their experiences and present the approach we take.

“The attacks on Boston and Manchester share many similarities in those innocent people going about leisure activities were targeted.  Our collective aim is to ensure that such violence never happens again and the two cities can work together to look at common challenges, discuss key lessons learnt to enable resilience to prevent violent extremism and build peace.”

Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “The US Embassy’s Countering Violent Extremism exchange programme has provided a unique opportunity for two very similar cities in different parts of the world to come together and learn from one another.

“Both cities have adopted very similar approaches, working with communities in equal partnership, which makes sure that following any incident or tragedy we can engage quickly and work closely to ensure our cities remain united against hate.”

The visit is part of a two-way community leadership exchange programme organized by the U.S. Embassy in London in partnership with Manchester City Council and the Boston Mayor’s Office, exploring community recovery in the aftermath of a terrorist attack and prevention of identity-based violence and extremism. The exchange consists of two delegations, one from Manchester and the other from Boston.  The Manchester delegation visited Boston and Washington, DC from 4 December to 14 December 2017.  The reciprocal Boston delegation is visiting the UK from Jan 11 to 19 to share experiences and best practices with British government officials, local authorities, non-government bodies, faith community leaders, and education and youth services providers

To find out more about the work of the Foundation log onto peace-foundation.org.uk