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Sharing Experiences Residential 24th –26th October 2014

October 23, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace are pleased to announce that we are to hold a FREE weekend residential bringing together people affected by different conflicts and incidents of political violence or terrorism to tell their stories.  EVENT FULL

This residential, to be held at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre is focused on the sharing of your experience; what has happened for you in the longer term; what difference it has made to your life and also how you have dealt with your experience of conflict. It is also an opportunity to share learning and some of the positive experiences you have gone on to do in a protected and supportive space. It also offers the opportunity to hear and learn from the experiences of others. This residential allows you to meet and identify with others with similar backgrounds, gain support through shared experiences and further your journey towards understanding and healing.

Who is it for?

These events are open to anyone in the UK who has been affected by conflict, or an incident of political violence or terrorism. This includes: former soldiers, individuals that are bereaved, injured or survivors of incidents here or abroad, and Emergency Service workers who attended incidents. Family members of those affected are also welcome to attend. These events are open to all who feel they would benefit from attending, whether you are new to the sharing experiences process or have attended before.

Practical Information

The residential group will be no larger than 15 and most activities take place in small groups of 4-5 people. The activities are designed to help build your confidence in talking with and listening to others. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences in as much or as little detail as you feel comfortable. In other words, you choose what you share. The residential begins at 6pm on Friday and ends at Sunday lunchtime. All accommodation and meals at the Peace Centre are provided free of charge. Bursaries are also available for those needing assistance with travel expenses.

What to do next?

To find out more information or to register for the programme, please contact Ann at the Foundation for Peace on ann.beswick@foundation4peace.org or by phone on 01925 581207 by 3rd October 2014.

A full programme and further details will be sent to you once you have signed up to the event and a member of the team has spoken to you to discuss whether this programme will benefit you. We can also arrange for you to speak to someone who has attended the programme before to help you decide if this is for you.

“The residential gave me a chance to share my story with others who’d had similar experiences. I’d never had the opportunity to do that before. I was very apprehensive. I didn’t feel as though I had a story. However, my anxieties disappeared over the course of the residential. I found a mutually-supportive atmosphere and I was left feeling my personal story was every bit as valued as other participants. I was given a voice I didn’t think I had.”

“I was able to relate to others in the group that had suffered in the same way through listening to their stories and how they coped. The key to this is to relate, to repair and reflect and to be respected and recognised.”

(c) 2014 the Sharing Experiences Residential is a module of Survivors for Peace, a project of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.  Co-funded by the Cabinet Office – Office for Civil Society.

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