31/03/2021 - Published by

New free ten-week online course and qualification launched to explore how to design and run a community dialogue event to tackle differences and issues

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is working in partnership with the Victims and Survivors Service of Northern Ireland to offer a free ten-week training course for victims, survivors and those affected by the ‘Troubles’ across Northern Ireland, Great Britain, and Ireland.  Given the current Covid-19 situation, the course will be delivered online via Zoom.


The ‘Facing up to the Future’ course will explore how to design and run a community dialogue event to tackle community differences and issues. The course will be exploring ways in which we can come together to resolve conflicts and build peace – at home and in communities.


The course is for people interested in developing their skills as community leaders and facilitators of difficult conversations in a supportive environment. The course will also explore ways in which dialogue can be used to better understand and develop stronger relationships. The course develops people’s group-work facilitation skills and ability to learn techniques to help people talk about challenging and emotive topics in a safe environment.

We are offering this as an accredited course, and successful participants will receive an Open Awards accreditation at Level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework

Each course will run for ten weeks, with each session three hours in length. There will be ten courses running during the year from April 2021 to March 2022.

The first two courses will begin in April 2021.

We will be running a series of one-off taster sessions where people can find out more and then sign up for the course.

We will also be running a short information session for organisations to ask any questions about the course and opportunity.

If you have any questions, or want to join a course,  please get in touch by emailing training@peace-foundation.org.uk

This programme has been funded by the EU’s PEACE IV managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)