One of the team from Peace Partners recently visited the Peace Wall, a mural along a highly visited section of Ebor Street in London, created by acclaimed UK street artist Ben Eine, with the words by Prem Rawat. It was a great reminder about this brightly coloured mural and the message it conveys, from June 2018.
Ben partnered with The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) to make the powerful statement that 'Peace is Possible' in response to rising knife crime in London. The message brings hope to communities and inspires people to work towards a practical solution.
The London Evening Standard featured the mural, and Ben stated: “The poignant words in Ebor Street, Shoreditch, are a reminder to both Londoners and visitors of the need to peacefully coexist in the capital."
Prem Rawat says: “We need to address the fundamental causes of violence to stop these terrible tragedies happening again. The voice of boredom for young people has become overwhelming. We need to re-engage them in society."
You can read the full article in the London Evening Standard here.
Read more on The Prem Rawat Foundation website here.
Have fun while raising funds for The Prem Rawat Foundation Campaign - Engaging in Peace
In the run up to Christmas Peace Partners is launching a seasonal Community Fundraising campaign.
The campaign will be running in tandem with Engaging with Change, an initiative being promoted by The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), which acknowledges the phenomenal contributions made by donors and volunteers in addressing the fundamental needs of people for food, water and peace.
Where does your money go? All funds raised in this campaign will go to TPRF to enable the foundation to expand its key initiatives, Food For People (FFP) and the Peace Education Programme (PEP).
Did you know that, from January to September 2018, almost 350,000 nutritious meals were served to children and infirm elderly people in the FFP and outreach centres in India, Nepal and Ghana. The growth of PEP this year has has been outstanding and it is is now running in 84 countries, translated into 36 languages.
What can you do? Your imagination is the limit, but bearing in mind the time of year, there might be opportunities to sell craft gifts at Christmas markets, perhaps ‘Bake Off ` fans could join together to run a cake stall (followed by a sponsored run, to banish the inner cake?). Maybe by inviting friends to a coffee morning, you could raise funds and also highlight the work being undertaken by TPRF.
Individual donations are also very welcome, and there is a DONATE button on our Fundraising page to help you donate simply and quickly: you can start fundraising HERE.
Thank you to all our supporters who donated over £670.00 to help people recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
With this support The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has provided $40,000 for critical medicines and medical supplies to those people in need.
The funds were granted to Americares, a charity that is working effectively on the ground and in partnership with local government officials and healthcare providers, who respond to the urgent needs that have developed since the disasters hit on September 2018. The earthquake toppled buildings while a towering 20-foot wave washed over coastal communities on the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 2,000 people and forcing tens of thousands more from their homes.
TPRF responded immediately with $15,000 in aid, TPRF’s and Peace Partners generous supporters added $25,000 to that amount, ensuring that many more people will receive the ongoing assistance they need. A huge thank-you to all those in the UK who supported this, making a difference to the lives of many.
"Our hearts go out to the people who have been traumatized by these tragedies. Thank you to all of the donors who put TPRF in a stronger position to help people during their darkest hours,” says TPRF Board Chair Linda Pascotto.
See how your donation is helping
Read the full article on The Prem Rawat Foundation site.
Students of the University of York have expressed interest in finding out more about running the Peace Education Programme in a prison setting after the film ‘Inside Peace’ was screened at the university in October.
The film event was well received by the Department of Criminology and was held in conjunction with CrimNet, the university’s research network on crime and criminal justice.
‘Inside Peace’ is a multi-award-winning film which follows the journey of inmates in a Texas prison as they persevere in living a life of peace.
This week is the annual celebration of trustees. Here at Peace Partners the trustees play an important role and make an incredible difference at board level, working together to make important decisions on strategic development. We are looking for a Trustee with a focus on fundraising. If your interested please find more details here.
What does it take to be a Trustee? Listen below.
We are delighted to welcome Didge Hatcher as a new member of the trustee team, who felt compelled to find out more about the role and discovered the following:
Didge says: "I have been involved with various charities over the years but have never really known what Trustees actually do, apart from being very trustworthy! So ‘Trustee Week’ seemed a good opportunity to find out more and maybe dispel a few myths. As well as the duties outlined here trustees often have specialist skills which can contribute to the success of the charity i.e. financial, administration etc. The full article can be found here.
As part of Trustees’ Week 2017 new research was published about charity trustees in England and Wales. Find out more about Taken on Trust research on GOV.UK
There are approximately 196,000 charities in the UK: 167,000 charities in England and Wales, 24,000 in Scotland 5,000 registered in Northern Ireland. Just over 1 million trustees of which some 850,000 are in England and Wales, 180,000 in Scotland and 30,000 in Northern Ireland.
From recent research it is known that just under half the UK’s trustees are women. The average trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old. There are also many young trustees with some 86,000 trustee positions held by 16 to 34 year olds of which 2,611 are in Northern Ireland.
Trustees are responsible for a charity’s management and administration and are guided by the six legal duties which apply to trustees of any charity in England and Wales.
The six duties are as follows:
1. To ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit The Charity Commission says that trustees must ensure the charity is carrying out the purposes for which it is set up and for no other purpose. This means they should understand the purposes of their charity, plan what the charity will do and set goals, be able to explain how the charity’s activities can further it’s purposes and understand how the charity can benefit the public by carrying out it’s purposes.
2. To comply with the charity’s governing document and the lawTrustees must ensure the charity complies with it’s governing document and charity law requirements, including reporting and accounting and any other laws that apply to the organisation. Trustees are expected to take reasonable steps to find out about legal requirements and seek appropriate professional advice when needed.
3. To act in the charity’s best interestsTrustees must do what they decide will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes and make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term. They should also avoid putting themselves in a position where their duty to the charity conflicts with personal interests or loyalty to any other person or body. Nor should they receive any benefit from the charity unless it is properly authorised and is clearly in the charity’s interests, this includes anyone financially connected to the trustee, such as a partner, dependent child or business partner.
4. To manage your charity’s resources responsiblyTrustees must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly, they must make sure the charity’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes and avoid exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries or reputation to undue risk. They should take special care when investing or borrowing and not over commit. They should ensure that they comply with any restrictions on spending funds or selling land.
5. To act with reasonable care and skillTrustees are responsible for governing a charity and so must use reasonable care and skill, taking appropriate advice when necessary. They should also give enough time, thought and energy to the role.
6. To ensure the charity is accountableTrustees must comply with statutory accounting and reporting requirements. They should also be able to demonstrate that the charity is complying with the law, well-run and effective. Accountability should be demonstrated within the charity, particularly where responsibility has been delegated to volunteers."
Meet the Peace Partners trustees and team here.
GOV.UK / Charity Commission for England and Wales: The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3) (2015)
Knowhow Nonprofit: Legal duties of trustees (2017)
The Guardian: What every new trustee of a charity must know, by Ian Joseph (2011)
Article by Didge Hatcher.
The highly anticipated launch of PEAK has recently been announced. This app based course, developed and presented by Prem Rawat, enables people interested in his message of peace to follow an inspirational journey of self discovery at home and at their own pace.
The programme is presented through more than six hours of video content, with topics including clarity, gratitude, peace and hope. There is the option for participants, after finishing the online chapters, to continue their learning by being taught practical techniques to discover the peace within them.
PEAK is available to download free through the TimelessToday app.
"We want you to be among the first to discover and enjoy PEAK (Peace Education and Knowledge), the groundbreaking course from Prem Rawat about understanding and uncovering the peace already within you." Timeless Today
Review by Alan Plummer
Event in Oxford
Sunday 9th December
Friends Meeting House
43 Saint Giles, Oxford
3.00 - 5.30 pm
Doors open 2.30 pm
You are warmly invited to attend a presentation by Peace Partners in support of The Prem Rawat Foundation's global humanitarian efforts
The presentation will provide an insight into the various activities being carried out in accordance with a vision of providing for basic human needs, and how these efforts can be supported.
In particular, the presentation will highlight the efforts being made by Peace Partners, a relatively new UK registered charity, in association with the US based charitable organisation The Prem Rawat Foundation, with whom these aims are shared.
All are welcome to attend. There will be a number of short videos and the afternoon should be both enjoyable and inspirational. The event will consist of two one hour sessions, with a 30 minute refreshment break in between.
No registration fee will be required for this event, although any voluntary donations will be much appreciated.
New Volunteer opportunities now available.
We are committed to raising awareness, improving knowledge, and developing expertise in order to increase sustainability in water, air and food solutions, leading to individual peace.
'What I like to do is try to make a difference with the work I do' David Bowie
Peace Partners is a registered UK charity committed to meeting the fundamental human needs of clean air and water, nutritious food and individual peace. To fulfil our aims, Peace Partners works with individuals, groups and organisations who share this vision. In particular, we partner with and support the unique, innovative programmes of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), helping people most in need worldwide.
We are a group of volunteers from diverse backgrounds united by a desire to take action to promote sustainable solutions for human prosperity with due regard for the environment and all those who share its limited resources with us.
Peace Partners is a member of the NCVO
(National Council for voluntary organisations)