What does Peace mean for you?

The aim of Space for Peace is “To release the power of individuals to create the Space for Peace and reduce the incidence of domestic abuse, bullying and antisocial behaviour in our communities.”

To help facilitate creating Spaces for Peace for individuals and communities we ask for reflection on three core questions;

What does peace mean to you?

What does Peace mean for you?

Where is Peace for you?

and finally we ask for personal pledges for Peace

How do you make Peace?

In  a previous posts we discussed what does peace mean to you. In this post we will discuss the second of these questions.

Although on the face of it this question is similar to the previous one, answering this question helps people reflect upon the external benefits of knowing peace.

At events across the North East of England, Space for Peace have been asking people in local communities what peace means for them. Here are a few of their responses;

‘Children don’t starve’    ‘Religion can be celebrated no matter which it is’   ‘A chance to be happy’

‘I can get on with my life without violence’  ‘I can be honest about how I feel’  ‘Poverty ends’

‘I can live without fear’  ‘No alcohol in the house’  ‘All races are respected by all’   ‘I’m ok’

‘There are no more killings’  ‘When people help each other’  ‘No drunken violent outbursts’

‘That I don’t have to make excuses for my bruises’   ”That mum and dad love me’

‘That my family are happy’  ‘No more tanks or bombs are built’  ‘When dad is not drunk’

‘People get along’  ‘I have no debt’  ‘Freedom to be me’

‘That people respect one another’

From these responses it is clear that when peace begins with the individual, the impact on family, community and wider society can be massive.

Peace is not a fluffy, hippy concept to be created in communes separate from the rest of the world, nor is it an enforced absence of conflict brought about by greater firepower and fear.  Peace is not revolutionary, the journey towards peace is evolutionary and begins with each of us as individuals, as humans and as part of a greater whole.

Creating Space For Peace is about Reducing Domestic Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour & Bullying in local communities and raising awareness of the UN Resolution in which 192 member states voted unanimously to have a Global Day of ceasefire and non-violence each year on 21st September.

The UN International Day of Peace on 21st September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools.  Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.

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What does Peace mean to you?

The Oxford dictionary defines peace as:

‘freedom from disturbance; tranquillity, including mental or emotional calm or a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended’

Understanding what peace means to you is the first step towards finding peace for yourself and making peace with others.

At events across the North East of England, Space for Peace have been asking people in local communities what peace means to them. Here are a few of the responses;

‘Being with friends’   ‘A bath on my own’   ‘Me and my kids are safe’   ‘No fighting’

‘When I don’t have to say no to the kids’    ‘When I don’t have to stress about money’

‘Not feeling like I’m no good’   ‘When everyone is calm’  ‘Being happy’  ‘No shouting’

”When my partner respects me’   ‘Not living in fear’   ‘A glass of wine’   ‘No homework’

‘Being able to be in my house without noise of neighbours’    ‘A hug’   ‘No war’

‘No hitting’   ‘Being friends with my sister’  ‘Quiet’   ‘When mum and dad don’t fight’

‘Politicians stop competing and listen to the people they serve’

For most people peace is personal not global, to truly make peace we need to start with ourselves.

If you want to find out more about Space for Peace find us on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube  and tell us what peace means to you.

Byker ‘week of action’ Peace pledges

On 28th May 2013, at the Byker ‘week in action’ organised by Northumbria Police, Space For Peace UK talked to the people of Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne about peace.

We discussed what peace means to them, where they find peace and how they make peace in their lives.

To raise awareness of United Nations Peace Day, a day of None Violence and Cease Fire on 21st September every year, we asked  the local community, to make a pledge for Peace.

These are the Peace pledges from the people we spoke to;

Byker community peace pledges

I pledge to make Peace by…..

‘Planning ahead’   ‘Good relationships with the neighbours’   ‘To stop violence and make friends’

‘making a nice, kind, calm place’  ‘Creating a chilled place, and being really special, kind and caring’

‘Just being calm’   ‘Splitting a fight up’   ‘Spreading the love’  ‘Thinking before I act’

‘Singing a song each day’   ‘Being kind and being honest’   ‘ Stopping smoking drugs, alcohol and racism’

‘Not to fight with my family’  ‘Peace is when I am on my xbox’  ‘Think before I fight’

‘Allowing another motorist in to the traffic (several times!)’   ‘Bring people together with sport’

‘read a book’   ‘Make everyone friends, stop fighting, racism and bullying’  ‘Helping others’

‘Reflecting before I act’   ‘No fighting, no racism, be polite’  ‘Supporting organisations that advocate for peace’

‘Break up a fight’

What will you do to make Peace?

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