Dear Reader,

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation worked in conjunction with the United Nations Association Coventry Branch to run the Schools War, Peace and Reconciliation Conference in March. It was generously hosted by Warwick University Law School and delivered by UNA Ambassadors from both Coventry and Warwick Universities.

This gave us the opportunity to talk to young people about the idea of creating Young Peace Ambassadors.

For more news and events related to peace and reconciliation see the lists below.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Knife Angel comes to Coventry

A sculpture created from confiscated knives used to commit crimes is to go on display outside Coventry Cathedral. The Knife Angel is a national monument against violence and aggression and aims to show the impact knife crime has on people's lives. With concerns around crimes in towns and cities well documented the Knife Angel will stand near the statue of …

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Coventry Winter Night Shelter Report

This was originally published in the Newsletter issued by HOPE Coventry. Winter Night Shelter celebrates success! Coventry Winter Night Shelter is drawing to a close for this winter, with its fantastic volunteers having served more than 6,500 hours and 1450 shifts. Many people have been moved on from sleeping rough into better situations, including Sean: Back in December, we found …

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HOPE Coventry

HOPE Coventry is a charity that supports huge numbers of local people in need through our projects: Coventry Winter Night Shelter, Healing on the Streets, HOPE@Motofest, Coventry Prayer House, Coventry Christian Service Centre, Christians Against Poverty, and Good Neighbours Coventry. Through these projects we have engaged with over 650 older people, sheltered dozens of homeless people, and mobilised hundreds of volunteers to serve their local community. …

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Girl's Aid International

Girl's Aid International is a community-based non-for-profit organisation located in Coventry that has a compelling desire to bring real positive change to girls and women lives in and around the world. We do that through a holistic approach of educational, empowerment, wellness and economic. We partner with international agencies, and local communities fighting to eradicate child abuse and poverty. We …

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Coventry Diversity Forum

Coventry Diversity Forum is a network of diverse nationalities living in Coventry. Our vision is to build ongoing, and permanent relationships with individual, community groups and organisations for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of the communities. Our website is https://covdfuk.wixsite.com/cdfuk Our Facebook page. What we do We work alongside local communities to celebrate the diversity of …

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Homelessness in Coventry

Three issues have been in the national headlines recently: Brexit, Knife Crime and Homelessness. All have come up in meetings of the Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee Peace for Peace and Reconciliation. This article by Tony Conway, a member of the Committee, focuses on the issue of homelessness, which is now a major issue in Coventry. Background Most people will have heard …

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Criminalisation of Children in Residential Care

The Howard League for Penal Reform is undertaking a programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential care. Their initial scoping briefing, published in 2016, investigated how children living in children’s homes are being criminalised at excessively high rates compared to other boys and girls, including those in other types of care. It suggested that there is …

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Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League for Penal Reform is a UK charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. Their website says: We work with parliament and the media, with criminal justice professionals, students and members of the public, influencing debate and forcing through meaningful change to create safer communities. We campaign on a wide range of issues. …

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Alcohol Intervention Mediation Service

The Alcohol Intervention Mediation Service (AIMS) is a four-year project run by Coventry Cyrenians and funded by the Big Lottery designed to develop and support young people and their families with their needs around emotional well-being, education, relationships and the other problems young people face these days. AIMS helps young people overcome their anxieties through pastoral and counselling-based support, enabling …

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Coventry Cyrenians

Coventry Cyrenians provide a comprehensive range of high quality services to homeless and vulnerably housed people in Coventry and Warwickshire. Our mission statement is to provide individualised support to promote and enhance the life chances of people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and empower them to live as independently as possible. Our services currently include the Coventry …

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Coventry Youth Activists

Coventry Youth Activists (CYA) is a youth democracy and citizenship group that raises awareness of barriers in society faced by young disabled people – galvanising their response as a campaigns group. Their campaign in March 2019 is reducing the statistic that 1 in 3 young disabled people spend less than an hour outside their family home on a Saturday. The …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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The Lord Mayor of Coventry’s Easter Charity Concert 2019

On 17 April the Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr John Blundell presents his Easter Charity Concert. An evening of dramatic music featuring the Silver Lining Barbershop Chorus, supported by young vocalists from Rugby Area Talent Trust, to be held in the stunning medieval St Mary's Guildhall. This event is a fundraiser for one of the Lord Mayor's charities of the …

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1 day Introduction to Restorative Approaches in Schools

This one day course on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 is perfect for you if you are looking to learn about Restorative Approaches and put them into practice. Restorative - what does it even mean? Ever wondered what this thing ‘restorative’ is all about? Have people in your school started using the word ‘restorative’ and you feel like you need a bit …

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Community Peace Picnic

1.00-3.00 pm Thursday 6th June 2019 with the Coventry Lord Mayor, local schools and the Armed Forces community to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and launch an on-site and web-based information resource. More information: Andy Duncan ajd100@virginmedia.com

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Positive Images Festival 2019

Positive Images Festival, which will run from 15 June to 6 July, is about celebrating the best of Coventry’s heritage. 2019 will be the 25th Anniversary of the festival which takes place every year and embraces diversity in all its forms. It is an exciting programme of art events spread over three weeks. What’s on offer spans genres, from poetry readings, …

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Multicultural Craft and Food Fair 2019

Positive Images Festival invites you to come along on 15 June and celebrate the 24th anniversary of our festival by visiting the Multicultural craft and food fair in the heart of the city centre. Browse the 22 stalls, selling books, CDs musical instruments, crafts and artefacts from around the world. Sample and buy food that will tingle your taste buds. …

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Refugee Week

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest annual festival celebrating the resilience and vibrancy of refugees in our community and runs from the 17th until the 23rd of June 2019. The spirit of shared stories and experiences is embodied by the theme of this year’s Refugee Week, 'You, Me and Those Before'. Jan Malatesta, Service Development Officer at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre …

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3 Day Accredited Restorative Practitioner Training for Schools

Peacemakers of Birmingham will organise this 3 day training course spread over 3 weeks. It is aimed at schools that are looking to train staff to facilitate restorative practices such as formal conferences, corridor and playground chats and class circles. The course is suitable for Senior and Middle Leaders, Pastoral Staff, SenCos, Family Workers and class teachers. Ideally, the person attending …

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Community Information Fair 2019

Positive Images Festival will host the Community Information Fair on 3 July as part of its festival celebrations. The Fair will be located in Broadgate this year and feature 13 marquees with 26 stalls offering a great opportunity to find out about the work of local community groups and other public service organisations. You will also be able to find …

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International Day of Peace 2019

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2019

RISING Global Peace Forum will be 13th and 14th November 2019. The theme for both the Symposia and the main Forum is ‘The Ecology of Peace’ and we’ll be exploring and celebrating the many different routes by which peace can be made and sustained: top-down, bottom-up, with/without a formal peace deal, peace between nations, individuals and with our environment and peace through …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.