Our Work

Steeped in practice with over 20 years of experience in peacebuilding – it is our work with individuals, groups, and communities that keeps us learning and continues to make that all important difference.

Our programme, ‘For Peace’, consists of a portfolio of projects, resources, and services. Our work has three core components: prevention, resolution, and response. In prevention we seek to stop violence before it starts, however when conflict does arise, we seek resolution through dialogue and actions to deal with issues without recourse to violence, and when violent conflict has already occurred, we are there to respond, to help those affected to cope and recover and, in many cases, to become active peacebuilders and agents for change themselves. Our aim is to break the cycle of violence so our projects overlap and intersect, allowing our participants to learn from one another and play their role in achieving this.

Click below to explore our work to prevent and resolve conflict through peacebuilding, dialogue, and conflict resolution.

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Facing up to the Future Programme

Facing up to the Future Planning and leading a community dialogue event DOWNLOAD THE LEAFLET What is the course? • Learn how to design and...

Facing up to the Future Planning and leading a community dialogue event DOWNLOAD THE LEAFLET What is the course? • Learn how to design and run your own community dialogue event, aimed at tackling community differences and issues. • A flexible 30-hour programme to train people to resolve conflicts and build peace – at home and in the community. • Designed and run by the Peace Foundation to help build community resilience and practical skills in running dialogue events. Who’s it for? • Victims, survivors and those affected by the ‘Troubles’ who are interested in developing their skills as community leaders and facilitators of difficult conversations in a supportive environment. • Those who are interested in and want to contribute the future of community relations within the Island of Ireland and beyond. • Those who want to explore ways in which dialogue can be used to better understand and develop stronger relationships. How does it work? • Courses will start in April 2021. There will be 10 courses running throughout the year. • The course is 30 hours long, usually over 10 x 3-hour sessions once a week. • This will be run online via Zoom. • FREE! Email training@peace-foundation.org.uk for more information and to reserve a place. • The course is interactive, and participants need no particular previous training or qualification. There are a maximum 20 places per course. Successful participants receive an Open Awards accreditation at Level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Contact us to find out more. If you’re interested and want to participate, please email: training@peace-foundation.org.uk This programme has been funded by the EU’s PEACE IV managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)  

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Pause 4 Thought : Information

A therapeutic ten-week programme for young people aged 10 to 14 years who live in East Lancashire and who areat risk of getting caught up...

A therapeutic ten-week programme for young people aged 10 to 14 years who live in East Lancashire and who areat risk of getting caught up in crime & violence. What is Pause 4 Thought? The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is delivering this programme, which has been commissioned by the Pennine Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (CSP). The work is being managed on behalf of the CSP by Blackburn with Darwen Council, and is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund. It is running in Blackburn with Darwen and in Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, and Rossendale, where it is being delivered by facilitators and support workers from the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. How does it work? Option one: Face to face courses: two-hour sessions, each week for ten weeks Option two: Online courses: one-hour sessions, delivered by MS Teams, each week for twelve weeks All sessions delivered in school time, offsite at an approved community venue Activities and discussions underpinned by CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and trauma informed approaches Supports young people by helping prevent anti-social and criminal behaviour Encourages reflection, impulse control, self-awareness and the confidence to make positive choices What next? If you are a family member, teacher, youth worker, social worker, or other professional person and you know a young person who could benefit from this course, talk to them and family members / carers about it, and refer them to Pause 4 Thought. Please click here for a leaflet for young people and here for the leaflet for teachers, social workers, and youth workers about the course (this can also be shared with young people) Please download and complete this Pause 4 Thought short referral and consent form and return it to our colleagues at community.safety@blackburn.gov.uk The Pause 4 Thought team will then be in touch with you to as part of our assessment work, to check that the Pause 4 Thought programme is right for the young person at this time. As part of that assessment, we will use this questionnaire, and so you may like to look at this beforehand. All information is managed confidentially, in line with agreed protocols. Contact us to find out more If you would like to find out more about the programme, please email us info@peace-foundation.org.uk or call our office on 01925 581231. Please mention ‘Pause 4 Thought’. The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation was set up by the parents of the boys who were tragically killed in the IRA bombing of Warrington in 1993.

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Communities for Peace

One of our main projects working with communities to resolve conflict and bridge divides, is a Big Lottery funded project called Communities for Peace. This...

One of our main projects working with communities to resolve conflict and bridge divides, is a Big Lottery funded project called Communities for Peace. This project, spanning 3 years of delivery, is spread across four key communities within the North of England working with young people, parents, women's groups, key community stakeholders, teachers and faith leaders (among others). Bringing communities together The project aims to bring separated communities together to understand conflict and take proactive steps to building a deeper understanding of one another.  This programme of work (consisting of a number of courses and community dialogue events) aims to embed key skills within communities in order to enable them to create a collective and lasting community plan to promote peace and community resilience. So far, Communities for Peace has taken us to Harehills in Leeds, Rochdale and Oldham in Greater Manchester and most recently Burnley in Lancashire. Follow along on twitter @peacecentre to find out more about the exciting work going on!  

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Women for Peace

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation believes that women play powerful roles in preventing violent extremism and creating peace in society, but sometimes lack...

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation believes that women play powerful roles in preventing violent extremism and creating peace in society, but sometimes lack the opportunities and the confidence to do so. Women for Peace aims to empower women to confidently tackle extremism and build peace in their communities. The programme looks to support women from diverse backgrounds to become more active citizens by realising the voice they have can make a real difference. These women can then lead the way in preventing violence conflict and building peace through challenging destructive narratives and engaging in intercultural dialogue. The programme: Women for Peace is a 10-week programme where the group meet once a week for three hours. During the sessions, the group explores identity and belonging, prejudice and discrimination, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and leadership skills. On completion of the course, including certain assessed activities, participants receive a Level 2 Open Awards qualification in Understanding Conflict and Extremism: Building Peace. As part of the sessions, participants take part in a wide range of activities, including: Dialogue and exploration of views: understanding grievances and challenging narratives Simulations, role-plays and putting strategies into practice based on real-life experiences Interactive sessions and exercises for kinesthetic learning, interspersed with group and individual reflection Creation of participants’ media and the articulation of their own narratives on contemporary issues We also run this programme for groups of young women between the ages of 16-24 years. This slightly adapted course takes into considerations the important role of young women in their communities and the curriculum is responsive to the needs of young women and the challenges they face. Impact so far: To date, Women for Peace has run in Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Kirklees, Burnley, Blackburn, Nelson and Oldham. Upon finishing the project, some women who use English as a second, third or sometimes fourth language have made substantial progress in their language skills, which was developed through their public speaking about difficult and complicated issues and interaction with other women from their local communities. Suzanne, a participant in Liverpool, explains how she shared her new knowledge with those around her: “I shared this graph with my friend as I could identify how it fit her pattern of behaviour. She took this well and told me it was helpful to see this. I encouraged her for being more willing to ‘step out of her comfort zone’ and make some significant changes in her life. It’s marvelous to be able to share aspects of the course with others, including our close friends.” Juliana, a participant in Young Women for Peace designed specifically for 16-24-year-olds, shared her experience: “I’m very proud of what I was able to achieve in our local community because it brought everyone together. Every young woman has the influence to build peace in their community.” For further information about this project, contact the team at commissions@foundation4peace.org, or take a look at the project’s Twitter page @Women4P.

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Community Dialogue

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is often invited into communities as a ‘neutral third party’, to facilitate dialogue within and between communities. What this...

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation is often invited into communities as a ‘neutral third party’, to facilitate dialogue within and between communities. What this looks like is varied, and dependent and responsive to the needs of the communities we are working with. Often this work includes key phases which focus around developing an understanding of the context and relationships within the area. It is important that we don’t assume knowledge going into working with a community. This phase of work often brings to the fore a range of interconnected issues, challenges, and opportunities. Some of these are broad social trends; others are to do with local provision, perceptions, and realities. Nonetheless, they provide us with an understanding, which allows us to make some recommendations which could be considered for action by relevant local agencies, and some proposals for future phases of work by the Peace Foundation, in order to move communities forward together equitably and peacefully. To find out more about our community dialogue work contact commissions@foundation4peace.org and one of the team will be in touch to talk to you.

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Families for Peace

Families are often at the centre of issues and challenges related to conflict. Whether it be that they have all been affected by an event,...

Families are often at the centre of issues and challenges related to conflict. Whether it be that they have all been affected by an event, or that they find themselves at conflict with one another; sometimes families need help to get them over the hurdles they face. Our work with families spans our entire ‘For Peace’ programme: Prevention, Resolution, and Response to violence and conflict. We work with parents to help them develop the skills and confidence to hold ‘difficult conversations’ with their children. We work with families seeking refuge or asylum from conflicts around the world. We work with those impacted by acts of terrorism to help families heal in the aftermath of life-changing events. Our work focusses on helping families holistically. We help them to understand how and why conflict exists, often reflecting on the conflicts that are and have affected them. We support them to cope and recover from trauma related to conflict and violence in a setting that can also facilitate their participation in the prevention of future violence or the resolution of conflict they have been impacted by. Our national Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) provides support for individuals and families (living within the United Kingdom) who have been impacted by terrorism. Learn more about the support SAN offers here. We offer courses to support parents and guardians in ‘How to hold challenging conversations with children’, particularly about current issues and topics such as conflict, violence, and extremism around the world. Our work with families also sees us developing new programmes that aim to reduce isolation for families integrating into communities across the UK. These families may have fled conflict in countries that have experienced significant conflict or war (e.g. and including Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Afghanistan, Rwanda) and face challenges in integrating into communities. Importantly, they are survivors of political violence – but may feel a lack of solidarity and understanding that hinders their coping with and recovery from trauma. Our programmes help them to understand the impact of their trauma and develop confidence and capacity to move forward and to feel better able to live happily in their communities.