Who are we?
You are invited to:
"We must go on working until the power of love is greater than the love of power." Sana (16 years old).
In the face of fear, suspicion and lack of opportunity, who is going to ask the real questions? In the face of the politics of fear rather than hope, who is going to act?
The country as a whole faces issues that divide communities, such as the threat of extremism, the pressure of immigration, and the refugee crisis. If we want to build bridges of understanding and work towards a genuinely inclusive society we need to give people the opportunity to voice their opinions as well as hear the perspectives of others. Talking openly, rather than ignoring the issues, is vital.
There are many examples of this open communication in Bradford, and we can engage with them in order to build bridges more widely. The "Real Lives" conference is another opportunity for this. It follows the Real Lives, Building Bridges conference in March 2016.
Young people will take the lead in sharing stories and raising key questions with a direct bearing on future community relations. We will debate them in workshop groups.
Bishop Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, will be the keynote speaker, together with young speakers and responses from community and political leaders.
The conference is organised by St Johns Great Horton, along with South Asian Development Partnership (SADP), Faithful Neighbours, Kala Sangam, The Feast, the chaplains at Bradford University and other local organisations.
There will be information and displays of local resources and networks you can work with to follow up the action points.
You can register to attend here. You will receive further details and the full programme for the day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for this event, but places are limited.
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AN INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE LED BY CHILDREN
Whenever there are major conflicts in the world, children are the worst affected victims. But we rarely hear their voices and their plight is neglected, both by the extremists causing violence and by the government agencies preparing the counter response.
At this conference we heard the voices of children, as they spoke to MPs, diplomats, business people, community leaders, educators and young people. They shared their own stories and the experiences of children all over the world in conflict situations.
One girl summed it up in these words:
Watch the DVD and contact us to see how you could be involved to spread the message of peace.
Chairman: Dr Prem Sharma, OBE, FRSA
Event sponsored by: Jeremy Lefroy MP, Richard Harrington MP and Alok Sharma MP
SADP SUPPORTS NHSBT (BLOOD & TRANSPLANT) NATIONAL BLOOD WEEK LAUNCH AT WHITGIFT CENTRE WITH CROYDON MAYOR
Deepak said: "It is extremely important to raise the awareness and need for all communities to be involved in these issues of blood and organ donation. Different communities have unique health issues and also different blood groups. As a result, the more donors that sign up, the greater the assurance that if and when you need either blood or a transplant in an emergency, that it is available. Registering as a blood or organ donor costs nothing, but can mean the difference between life and death for someone."
We aim to be N.I.C.E.
- Networking, Initiating,
Catalysing & Encouraging
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