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 firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in touch to talk to you.