Give something back for Peace Week

Merton Peace Week, as part of London Week of Peace, takes place from 19-26 September and will see a variety of events taking place around the borough to help bring the community together and celebrate diversity, equality and social harmony. The theme of ‘Giving Back’ hopes to inspire people to volunteer or get more involved in their local community.

The week will bring something for everyone with events ranging from a community cricket match, a peace walk, sessions about volunteering to workshops for young people on crime and a big family fun day.

One highlight of the week includes local resident and winner of the Mayor of London’s Peace Award 2009, Alexander Rose, running the anti knife and gun crime workshop for young people on Thursday 23 September. The aim is to stop young people carrying weapons, discourage them from joining gangs and encourage them to use their talents positively.

Another new experience on offer for residents this year is the opportunity to get involved with volunteering. Merton’s Mediation service will be running sessions ‘Be a peace maker in your community’ where they will talk to people about volunteering as mediators for people around the borough.

To top off all the week’s events the council and its community partners wants everyone to come down to Mitcham Fair Green on the closing Saturday 25 September to enjoy entertainment and performers from a wide variety of cultures including: Irish dancing, Opera, Merton Music Choir, Indian dancing, African drumming and drama performances from local young people.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said:

“Peace Week is organised with great help and input from community groups representing different ethnicities, faiths, cultures and ages and we are fully committed to doing everything we can to make sure everyone feels their community works well together and that they can live in peace and safety.

“This years Peace Week promises to have something for everyone and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved, enjoy the celebrations and also to think about the theme of ‘Giving Back’.”

For more information or to volunteer to get involved with Peace Week contact Merton’s diversity and community cohesion team by email http://www.merton.gov.uk/weekofpeace or call 020 8545 3156.

Notes to Editor:

The full programme for Merton’ Peace Week includes:

Sunday 19 – September 2010 – Cricket Match
Venue: Haydons Road Recreation Ground
Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Information: This is being organised by community representatives. If you are interested in playing, please get in touch.

Monday 20 September – Peace Week Launch
Venue: Wimbledon Piazza, opposite Morrisons in Wimbledon
Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Tuesday 21 September -The Strangest Dream film screening
Venue: Mansel Road Centre, Mansel Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4AA
Time: 7.30pm – 10 00pm
Information: The local CND will be screening the above film

Wednesday 22 September – Be a peace Maker in YOUR community
Venue: Committee Room C, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
Time: 1.00pm-2.30 pm and 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Information: Mediation Service will run two sessions to encourage people to volunteer to become mediators. Please call on 020 8545 3499 to pre-book.

Wednesday 22 September -Peace Walk
Information: The Peace Walk will start at the Peace Garden in Mitcham. Everyone is welcome.
Time: TBC

Thursday 23 September – Anti Knife Workshop
Venue: South Wimbledon Youth Centre
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Information: The Anti Knife and Gun Workshop aims to stop young people carrying weapons, discourage them from joining gangs and encourage them to use their talent to succeed positively. The workshop is facilitated by Alexander Rose who won the Mayor of London’s Peace Award 2009.

Saturday 25 September – Family Fun Day
Venue: Mitcham Fair Green
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Information: Entertainers from a variety of different cultures will perform on a main stage for the enjoyment of all the community. In addition there will be activities for children such as face painting.

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Press Contact:

Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 4654