Foundation for Peace

I have been engaged on a project at the Peace Centre for 14 months to set up a social enterprise, the Resolution Training Company.

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was set up after the Warrington IRA bomb in 1993 which killed two boys and injured 56 People. The foundation carries out some amazing work. It was initially set up to arrange collaborations between young people in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and mainland Britain. It has since broadened it activities. It has worked with victims of terrorism, emergency responders and it delivers workshops on preventing violent extremism, leadership, and conflict resolution.

My role, was a as consultant who had successfully set up a training company, to advise on taking their training out to a professional market. I have carried out market research to refine their target markets. The workshops now have CPD accreditation and a set of up-to-date marketing materials.

It has been fascinating and humbling to work with the Peace Centre staff and the participants on their workshops. I have met survivors of terrorism who have learned to cope with their injuries and trauma, former terrorists who have eschewed violence and now work towards peace and I have met former soldiers who suffer from PTSD.

The Foundation works to empower people to use their traumatic experience to do something positive. The Resolution Training Company provides training for housing associations, schools, universities, emergency response staff and people involved in the private sector security industry. I wish them well for the future.

 

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