Peace building can be achieved in so many ways. We have included some ideas for projects to build peace in different ways. This includes; tackling social isolation, building community, and creating Intergenerational projects which can lead to a reduction in fear, anxiety and a greater sense of peace.
Food glorious food! A fantastic and delicious way to build community cohesion and peace in a community is through food! Why not consider running a family food course during school holidays?
To find out more about Jamie’s Ministry of Food Course follow this link: https://www.jamiesministryoffood.org/
The beautiful game Football is a great way to bring young people together in a community, Premier League Kicks is currently run with 68 professional football clubs across the country. Find out if there is a Kicks programme near you: https://www.premierleague.com/communities/programmes/community-programmes/pl-kicks
An Intergenerational history project Why not ask young people to create a memorial to a point in history that is important to them? This could be an Intergenerational project, and the finished memorial could be displayed at a local library, art gallery, or Residential Care Home. This resource, which is based on the Holocaust, will help you think through your ideas.
Making a film about Peace Is there a particular issue that you feel passionate about? Why not make a film about it? Here is a film made by young people in Newham, East London who were responding to an Arms Fair being held near to their school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsB0YZk-VrY
Supporting refugee families Sometimes a small thing can make a big difference to someone else. Children from St Mary’s in Horsforth, Leeds have been creating colourful welcome pictures which the Refugee Council has used to brighten up the homes of new arrivals from Syria. https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/4928_leeds_school_children_welcome_syrian_refugees
Why not work to become a School of Sanctuary? Oasis Academy MediaCityUK has been building peace by becoming Salford’s first ‘School of Sanctuary’ following accreditation by the nationwide City of Sanctuary movement.
Find out more about how to become a School of Sanctuary or to see if your your town or city could become a City of Sanctuary. https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/
Student Mediators Would it be possible to train Students and young people as student mediators? Here is a story from South London where sixth formers were trained by a local mediation centre to deliver mediation within their school and local community. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2008/may/15/youth.mediators