On the 1st December 2018, a hundred people gathered in Truro to listen to and discuss the possibilities of Sanctuary in Cornwall.
Paddy Dowling described his work in refugee camps around the world, students from MBA talked about the welcome they received in the United States, Gulwali Passarlay shared his story of arriving in the UK from Afghanistan, Esme Page showed us the wonderful work of Cornwall Hugs and Manda Brookman proposed “Sanctuary as a verb”.
It was an emotional and uplifting day of deep discussion, shared food and new connections.
Falmouth & Penryn Welcome Refugee Families is a group formed in April 2018, inspired by a collective wish to help some of the people whose lives have been devastated by the ongoing civil war and conflict in Syria.
£9,000 is needed urgently to secure a safe and welcoming home for a refugee family fleeing war in Syria.
Funding delivered by Co-op Foundation through Building Connections Fund Youth strand
RJ Working in Cornwall will help to make school outdoor spaces more accessible for young people over the next three months after being awarded £10k from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.
RJ Working will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements that may include conflict resolution and peer mediation to help build connections and tackle loneliness.
Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.
RJ Working is one of 145 projects that has received funding today.
“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”Jim Cooke Head of the Co-op Foundation
The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.
This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.
For more information visit www.rjworking.co.uk
For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk
Our CEO Deborah Mitchell graduates from the School of Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme
Deborah has been part of a fantastic cohort of social entrepreneurs with huge commitment and drive over the past year.
In her speech at the graduation event, held at The Eden Project, Deborah outlined our mission for young people:
Every child in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserves to learn Restorative Principles as part of their education.
So what is Restorative Practice? Quite simply, it’s equipping children and young people with transferable principles
for communication and problem-solving, so that they can recognise difference and value it, and respond creatively to conflict – which
is inevitable – preventing harmful escalation, whether in person, or online.
It’s a kind of everyday ethics, what used to be called conscience, reinforcing a moral compass for young people to look after themselves and each other – so it’s great for agendas like anti- bullying, tackling prejudice, and good mental health.
There is plenty of scope for RJ Working to contribute in Cornwall and although we are members of the national Restorative Justice Council network, and the European Forum for Restorative Justice, we are committed to Cornwall for our service delivery. We want to reach the most disadvantaged children and young people, those who don’t get positive social and emotional coaching at home, and we want to really narrow the gap between them and the others.
In June 2018 our CEO Deborah Mitchell delivered a workshop at the 10th International European Forum for Restorative Justice Conference in Tirana, Albania where she was among 309 participants from 47 countries. Deborah spoke about ‘Harms against Identity’ and Restorative responses to prejudice and discrimination.