Coalition for Good Relations

July 1, 2013 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, in association with ‘International Alert’ and ‘Talk for a Change’, will host a free-to-attend conference at the Peace Centre in Warrington on Tuesday 2nd July 2013 (10:30 – 16:00)

This will be one of a series of events being held around the country with the aim of building a coalition of voice and influence for good relations work – which aims to build more resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities.

Research has shown that there are many organisations and individuals committed to developing good relations between and within communities, doing inspiring and groundbreaking work.

However, local services are coming under increasing pressure, and debates about priorities are becoming more urgent. Many organisations are losing funding and there is a risk that the current economic climate could lead to a loss of valuable expertise and experience in facilitating difficult debates and supporting cross-community, and group, dialogue and interaction just when those skills are most needed.

Talk for a Change, International Alert, and other organisations such as The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace are aiming to find ways of strengthening the voice and influence of good relations work.

This programme of events will: ·      

Enable skills, knowledge and good practice examples to be disseminated more widely ·      

Provide a channel for the voices of diverse and varied communities to be heard more clearly ·      

Highlight the benefits of good relations work and raise its profile ·      

Share and discuss ideas for developing the voice and influence of good relations work

Participants are to be drawn from a range of communities and sectors including: ·      

Local Authorities

Community Safety Partnerships

Registered Social Landlords

Schools and colleges

Local Faith Groups with a particular interest in good relations

Academics / Researchers who have conducted research into particular fields relevant for good relations and are based in local universities ·      

Voluntary and Community Sector organisations whose work is in the good relations field ·      

Local specialist good relations organisations ·      

Arts and cultural organisations who focus on good community relations through their activities ·      

Those interested in local / national policy impacting on good relations

What they all have in common is interest and experience of developing good relations across difference, and / or improving awareness and tolerance of difference.

Attendance is by application - if you want to consider joining us register through this page: click here 

This event is a collaboration between the Foundation for Peace, Talk for a Change and International Alert and is funded by Oxfam and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

International Alert

talk for a change