London Week of Peace 2008 – Londoners celebrate peace and stand united against violence in their city.

London Week of Peace 2008 - Londoners celebrate peace and stand united against violence in their city.

“It [LWoP] provides a chance to celebrate the work done by so many individuals and voluntary groups for the good of others, but it is also a unique opportunity to develop new was of working together to improve the lives of those living in London”. The Rt Hon Gordon Brown PM
Mayor of London Boris Johnson says “The Week of Peace gives all Londoners a chance to play their part in making our city safer and more peaceful. In troubling times we need public statements of solidarity which the LWOP certainly provides. It is great for London and I offer it my total support”.

In September 2001, The Peace Alliance set up the first Week of Peace as a response to local community safety concerns. Founder of The Peace Alliance, Pastor Nims Obunge says that the London Week of Peace’s mission is to “challenge all Londoners to make a positive change in their communities by engaging in a community safety agenda for London”.

Again this year will see the LWoP grow to include close to 300 individual community focussed events engaging Londoners in the biggest line up of events and community partnerships across London yet. Communities, voluntary organisations, businesses, public agencies and individuals across the capital are uniting to promote justice, equality, respect and greater community cohesion, safety and peace across the capital. Events this year include the 5k Family day and Peace Run in Victoria Park, the huge youth Talent Quest and concert in Trafalgar Square, Peace Lecture at City Hall, Multi Faith Forum, Peace Awards Dinner Film, Photography & Poetry events and pan London peace services from all faith groups. London’s citizens will be making a concerted effort to make a greater stand for peace in the capital.

The Peace Alliance and the LWoP’s strategic planning group have continually worked with local councils, young people, community groups, schools, police and other agencies to improve people’s quality of life. Their ‘London Community Fund’ has given grants to individuals and groups who are looking to set up community events, youth centres, projects and more. These and their many other fundraising and awareness campaigns have helped to give communities a voice, the tools and encouragement to get involved and to make a stand against violence in their own areas.

Last year, the hugely successful London Week Of Peace [LWoP] saw Communities across the 33 London boroughs running peace initiatives, activities and actively joining together to make a joint stand for peace in London.
The continual endorsement by the Prime Minister, Home Secretary, Metropolitan Police Commanders and various leading political figures has meant that the events are really making a genuine difference and are actively tackling the concerns that are voiced in the communities.

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