THROUGH UNITY – RECENT ACTIVITIES (NOVEMBER 2019)
- November 23, 2019
- Posted by: blueredblue
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In June, we hosted a fantastic Family Day in Newcastle, bringing together members for an intimate pub lunch. Amongst the conversations enjoyed, we discussed future meeting points for even bigger communal events.
In July, we held our annual London Summer Family Day at Laburnum Boat Club in Hackney, East London, for more food from chef Gary Tomlin and, of course, boat trips down the canals, bringing together friends and family of all ages. We aim to host more Family Days in the coming months, so look out for updates very soon. And if you’d like to be a part of organising future meetings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hellens Manor Residential
A group of Through Unity regulars came together with some of our Trustees and Robin (our CEO) and the rest of the team at the beautiful Hellens Manor for a weekend of Capacity Building / Training with a clear goal to develop plans for the expansion of our activities in the local regions.
We showed a ﬁlm of some of the activities that the youth Peer2Peer group had developed and also gave the adults present a taster of the ‘Ubuntu Circle’ approach that we use when working with groups (Ubuntu is a Zulu word that translates roughly as ‘I exist through you’ — and is a widely used process to facilitate powerful, meaningful conversations that have the potential to generate transformative change).
Those present were amazed by the power of the process, with one member stating, “At the beginning of this weekend I had no idea I would learn so much from each other. I didn’t really know what it expect, but what has happened has really shocked me. “I have discovered so much about myself and also about how we can work together to really expand on the impact Through Unity can have across the country.”
Youth Peer2Peer Residential (Woodrow High House)
We had another powerful weekend with young people affected by homicide took place at our favourite venue in Buckinghamshire — Woodrow High House. A group of young people from various parts of the country came together to share stories, offer support and also to develop their ideas for a range of workshops that they will deliver to other young people in their own areas.
The ideas that came across were amazing and despite the tears that were shed and the awful stories of pain and loss that were shared, these young people are inspirational. They want to turn their tragic stories in to positive ones by running workshops promoting peace and connection as being the solution to the youth/knife crime problem we are seeing in the UK currently.