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Happy New Year 2020 message

Happy New Year 2020 message

Happy New Year to all my dear friends who are from all over the world. Thank you for the incredible support and love which has touched me deeply and empowered me to do more in the world to help create peace. It has been a phenomenal year in which I have been blessed to work with many young people in schools, linked with amazing people in Northern Ireland, spoken at a world peace conference in south Korea, and so much…

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Building Bridges for Peace through schools – an appeal

Building Bridges for Peace through schools – an appeal

Thirty five years ago, a bomb exploded in a Brighton hotel. Jo Berry’s father was killed and Jo’s life was changed. She was 27 when the bomb went off and she vowed to bring something positive out of the atrocity. Thirty five years later Jo’s commitment to work building bridges for peace is as strong as ever. Currently we have some funding for Jo to work with under 16’s in a few schools in the East End of London. Jo…

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Newsletter – October 2019

Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to my first newsletter! After what I know is a long time since the last one, from now on we will be sending them out every two months with our and related news. So please encourage your friends and colleagues to subscribe on our website. Of course, if you don’t want to receive it, there is an UNsubscribe link and the bottom. 35th Anniversary “Last weekend was the 35th anniversary of the Brighton Bomb that changed my life. I…

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Ubuntu Academy in Portugal

Ubuntu Academy in Portugal

20 September 2019 Jo Berry and Patrick Magee were asked back for the second time to speak with the young people from the Academy of Ubuntu leaders. Jo reports on the trip: ‘We gathered in Gaia near Porto and the audience represented 11 countries including East Timor, Columbia, Venezuela, Senegal, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. ‘We started with a boat journey through the bridges of the city which was relevant as the theme was the…

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Towards a stronger Britain project report

Towards a stronger Britain project report

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy. Building Bridges were successful in their bid…

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Becoming Positive Changemakers

Becoming Positive Changemakers

In September 2019 Jo went back for a third time to Sacred Heart school in Liverpool. She spent a day with the first year of six form and another day with the second year. After starting with her story, she then asked them to look at themes throughout the day in small groups. The areas they covered were, forgiveness, media, their anger and sense of injustice and questions such as what is a terrorist. In the afternoon they worked on…

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Building a Stronger Britain Together

Building a Stronger Britain Together

Jo Berry with some students at Langdon Park School which is one of the  schools we will be working in. New Funding Building Bridges is thrilled to have received funding to work in school in Tower Hamlets. The project will be carried out in schools, ‘Schools partnership for empathy based mutual respect’. As well as being deliver the work we love to do we are now part of a network of others countering extremism. We are providing a positive alternative to…

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Splash for Peace

Splash for Peace

We need your help right away to prepare for our splash of autumn activity which will build our impact: • getting a book and a film about empathy as the route to peace out in the world • helping vulnerable young people in this country stand up to radicalisation • attending gatherings to influence leaders seeking better approaches to securing peace around the world Promoting more widely We have a publisher interested in Jo’s story and we are very keen…

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Ten Hour Piano Marathon

Ten Hour Piano Marathon

Join Nick Petts for a GREAT DAY OF MUSIC to raise money for our charity BUILDING BRIDGES FOR PEACE. On SATURDAY 1st JULY. At Selwood Academy, Berkley Rd, Frome BA11 2EF 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. SPONSOR NICK for each hour he plays – Every hour a different type of music Join the Day Long Party Come and Sing, bring instruments! Food & drink available all day We want to raise money for promoting peace and reconciliation through the inspiring…

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Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge The International Institute for Restorative Practices Europe Conference

Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge The International Institute for Restorative Practices Europe Conference

C General Information   9-10 May 2017 – Dublin, Ireland – “Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge,” the IIRP’s Europe conference, will address significant issues manifesting in the current world climate. Leading practitioners and thinkers who are shaping the emerging social science of restorative practices will discuss radicalisation, migration and immigration, the disruptive impact of political movements, and sexual abuse and exploitation.   “A lot of things that were somewhat fixed in our society are becoming more fluid,” says IIRP…

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