Four years of making a difference
On 11th April, Peace Partners celebrated its fourth year as a charity! It hardly seems possible that we have been operating for four years! Nevertheless, much has happened and much difference has been made! This time last year, we had just announced our National Lottery Community Fund award. Since then, we have put the funds to good use towards the Peace Education initiatives we are supporting; our regular fundraising has continued to the benefit of both our humanitarian and peace education causes.
To focus on one particular highlight, amongst many, on 21st September, International Peace Day, we hosted a 'Practice Peace' forum in Croydon, attended by amongst others the Deputy Mayor and the Imam, which was streamed live over the internet and featured on the day's PeaceCast.tv broadcast.
Preparations for expanding our support of the Peace Education Programme have been underway for a while, and although we have had to cancel events because of COVID-19, we are looking at increasing our use of internet-based distance forums instead. This month we have launched fundraising appeals in support of the Trussell Trust food-bank and St Mungo's homelessness emergency responses.
Thank you to everyone for your generous support, your collaborations, your interest and for making the last four years Peace Partners such great charity. We are looking forward to an ever more engaged fifth year!
Partnering with Young People Insight
We are delighted to be partnering with Young People Insight (YPI). YPI have participated in events, hosted by Peace Partners, in South London whose themes included building reconciliation and trust between young people.
YIP is a platform that empowers the voices of young people, aged 16–26, and encourages them to engage in their community through writing, creativity and conversation. Through involvement in this youth-led platform, young people are able to develop their confidence and communication skills, as well as build self-esteem and respect for each other.
The Founding Director of Young People Insight is poet and writer Shaniqua Benjamin.
Shaniqua gave the keynote address at Peace Partners' 'Finding Peace Through Conflict Resolution' event in Croydon last year. You can her keynote address here.
Written by: Louise Ingham
Today we are celebrating the 50th annual World Earth Day!
The theme for this year is Climate Action. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to humanity, wildlife and the planet and we all need to work together to combat it. Due to COVID-19, Earth Day has organised plenty of digital events through their website, visit www.earthday.org to get involved.
Here at Peace Partners we are focusing on how to keep positive and maintain our wellbeing during this challenging time. Despite the many difficulties and losses the crisis has brought, there have been noticeable benefits to the environment. We have seen significant drops in air pollution and carbon emissions across the world, due to decreased travel and industrial production.
There are plenty of ways you can help the environment from home and celebrate World Earth Day this year. Practical work that has a positive impact can be fantastic for improving your well-being. Simple things can help such as letting your grass grow wild in your garden – this encourages wildflower growth and protects wildlife that might live in your garden, such as dormice. and newts. You can put out bird food to help the bird population thrive, or place some moss and water into a bowl to provide a drink to the busy bees. Eating more vegetarian meals whilst at home can also have a hugely positive impact on reducing carbon emissions.