Peace Begins at Home

The ‘Peace Begins at Home’ Intergenerational Dialogue training workshops were developed in 2010 by the Somali Initiative for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD) in partnership with IofC UK. SIDD is a Somali community organisation dedicated to reconciling Somalis among themselves and with the host community.

The training was born out of the pain and conflict between Somali parents and children of refugees and immigrants background as they continue to grapple with the reality of integrating into British society.

This training now forms part of a wider national ‘Communities’ programme that works with diverse grassroots partners delivering projects aimed at tackling community division, intergenerational conflict, gang violence, religious and ideological divides including but not exclusive to Islamic extremism to the edges of the Far Right.

The training serves as a catalyst for understanding, building bridges across divides and in developing a framework that can be applied in the home and in the community towards an inclusive peace.

So far, we have delivered over 700 training sessions in London, Coventry, Northampton, Bristol, Switzerland (UN Library), Sweden and Netherlands. We use subject matter experts in each area to co-create content with the local team and the community on the ground. We have access to trainers, facilitators and projects at the grassroots as well as trusted connections with leaders from faith communities, police, educators and policymakers across the UK and further afield.