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Blackburn peacebuilders become community facilitators

October 22, 2015 | Nick Taylor

On the weekend of 17th and 18th October 2015, ten women (pictured by the Peace Tree* in the gardens of the international Peace Centre in Warrington)  from Blackburn took part in a facilitation residential training course at the Peace Centre in Warrington.

The women had been part of the Women Building Peace project that completed earlier this year. This new residential training project was kindly supported through funding from the Network for Social Change.

During the course, the women learned the key skills required to become facilitators for peace within their own communities. They learned how to facilitate their own training sessions around conflict resolution. They learned about group dynamics and the building blocks which make up a successful and well planned training programme.

In November 2015, the women will put their new skills into practice by running their own community workshops in Blackburn. Once they have completed these they will achieve an Open Awards level 2 accreditation in Effective Facilitation Skills.

This work is part of the Tim Parry johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace’s portfolio of projects that aims to create a social movement for change to challenge extremism, radicalisation that can lead to violent conflict.

To find out more contact Christine Cox

* the Peace Tree is a Silver Maple Acer Saccharinum planted on the 10th anniversary of the Warrington bombing in March 2003.  The tree was dedicated by Abi and Dom Parry,  sister and brother of Tim.  Every year on the bombing anniversary water is bought form the ‘River of Life’ memorial in Bridge Street, site of the bombing, and the leafless tree is watered and daffodils (a flower of Spring and hope) are laid as the tree buds into life.