Kelly Simcock

Home Secretary endorses work of the Foundation for Peace in keynote speech to challenge extremism

March 23, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will, today Monday 23rd March 2015, be cited by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, as one of the organisations that is working at the frontline to meet the challenge of extremism.

At a keynote speech and press conference delivered today, Monday 23rd March 2015, at the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Home Secretary will set out her vision and strategy to deal with the challenge of extremism and in doing so will talk about the work of the Foundation for Peace.

The speech will be opened by Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon.

He will then invite Kelly Simcock (pictured, Director of Commissions at the Foundation for Peace to speak and she will introduce the Home Secretary.

In her speech, Kelly will call upon Government to partner with organisations such as the Foundation for Peace: “The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is part of an amazing network of organisations such as charities, Non Governmental Organisations and community groups, comprised of professionals and volunteers fighting to push back the influence of extremists on our young people.

“The Foundation was established under the most tragic of circumstances due to an act of extremism resulting in the death of two boys.

“We work with young people to help them deconstruct the extremist narratives that they can find so compelling. We help them see that life here and now, the reality we offer, is better than the twisted false offer of the extremist and terrorist ideologies.

“We also help them to understand how they can contribute to making their communities the types of places that they can be proud of. We run school projects, community outreach programmes and many multi faith discussions in all parts of the country.

“Extremism comes in many and all forms and we don’t believe we can do this work alone and we look to Government to help and partner us.”

A full transcript of Kelly’s introductory speech is available by clicking here.