Leicester Forest East (LFE) is a settlement in Leicestershire, England, west of Leicester, straddling the M1 motorway. Leicester Forest East Community Library is community managed, and last year, the library hosted a 10-week Peace Education Programme (PEP) course. It was well received by the participants, teachers and therapists, who all said they enjoyed it.
In the early stages of the programme, Peace Partners provided advice and support to the volunteer team organising the course. Following the success of the course, prior to the pandemic, plans were being made to hold another course in Leicester.
Here are some participants’ comments:
'I understand that moment when the penny drops. Something comes along and makes you smile inwardly'
'There’s a lot of truth in what Prem [Rawat, founder of the Prem Rawat Foundation] said about not knowing when you’re in a dark place. And then the light comes on'
'Everything Prem said resonates with me on a personal and professional level'
“Offer each other kindness and understanding. This is the time for empathy, clear thinking, and courage.”
Author and Peace Ambassador, Prem Rawat
We hope you are keeping well and safe.
The UK government's advice is that the social distancing and other provisions which form part of the Covid-19 Pandemic emergency measures may now last for an extended period.
In these circumstances Peace Partners has made the decision to postpone all planned events with immediate effect. Whilst this is a big disappointment, the team at Peace Partners wish to support the efforts taking place to protect everyone, and most especially vulnerable groups. We feel it is the wisest, kindest and most conscientious thing to do.
A huge amount of planning, hard work, time, hope and excitement goes into each Peace Partners event and programme - invested by the team, volunteers, our supporters and interested parties. Like many others the team are shocked that so much has had to change so quickly to respond to the wider wellbeing need, but we are not disheartened.
Much of our planning and work is done remotely, and as such we will still support the wonderful and amazing projects that we invest in as far as is possible, and we will use the forthcoming period to reflect and bring about positive impacts in more immediate ways; we will work on new projects to help make a difference to vulnerable groups in the UK during the pandemic. We will also work on different event themes and make more use of online platforms, including virtual events, webinars, and conference calls, and to continue to tell the story and keep the momentum going.
You can keep up to date on these activities and new beginnings at: www.peacepartners.co.uk
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Juli Hammersley, on behalf of the Trustees, says “Please stay safe and take care of each other. It is very sad that we are not able to continue with our planned activities but the health, safety and well being of our supporters, community, team and interested people are our priority. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been affected by this unprecedented situation. The Peace Partners team are looking at ways to offer support and assistance to those in need during this time. We will send you regular updates about these initiatives. Stay positive, stay focused, stay strong. With appreciation and thanks”.
The Peace Partners Team
Peace Partners is investigating ways we can help support vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis. We hope to be able to focus on those with immediate food shortages and the homeless. Please look out for a further announcement in the next few days about ways we can help people in need in the UK at this difficult time.