Community Reconciliation: a collaborative inquiry

All Day
Jun 24th 2015
A full-day conference for those in our networks and working in the field of reconciliation to share reflections, build relationships and form possible collaborations for future programmes.
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The conference will be a chance for you to meet and network with those working with similar passions and visions for a more peaceful future.  

The day will be illuminated by contributions from a range of speakers with extensive experience of practical community reconciliation work.


The key steps of the day will be:

a) Reviewing the scale and nature of the need for community reconciliation work around the UK

b) Looking at what theoretical ideas can helpfully inform practice 

c) Examining approaches that have proved most useful

d) Taking stock of what resources are available to support local action


Our contributors

Nawaz Mohammed

Nawaz is Country Director for Search for Common Ground in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Founded during the Cold War, Search for Common Ground is an international NGO now working in over 30 countries, with a mission to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions. 

Nawaz will bring reflections on his experience in Sri Lanka, where Search for Common Ground works to promote cooperative engagement across traditional dividing lines in the wake of civil war.  He has a specific focus on how young people, women and community media can be engaged across difference to promote a more inclusive national identity in the Sri Lankan context.


Hen Wilkinson

Hen founded Bristol-based Community Resolve in 2001, a grassroots NGO working with individuals, groups and agencies to transform local tensions and build stronger communities, enhancing understanding and cooperation across difference.  Community Resolve works to combine community mediation experiences with international conflict transformation theory and practices, merging theory with extensive grassroots experience.  Now an online training organisation, they are sharing their approaches and experiences and have published a number of online resources on community resolution skills, race and conflict and the motivations for young people being drawn into gangs in Bristol. 

A community, workplace and special educational needs mediator for the last 20 years, Hen is currently an ESRC-funded PhD candidate based at the University of Bristol, School for Policy Studies. She brings reflections on her community mediation and peacebuilding work, as well as reflections on marrying conflict transformation theory and practice to inform our local contexts. 


Nicola Sugden

I first became interested in peacebuilding and conflict resolution when the conflict in Northern Ireland escalated in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a child hearing the news and I strongly believed there must be a more creative non-violent way to sort out such disputes. I worked as a youth and community worker and a social worker for many years; in 2000 I left full time work to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution at Bradford University Peace Studies Department. I also qualified as a Civil and Commercial mediator.

Since 2002 I’ve worked in communities on Community Cohesion and Good Relations supporting local people and agencies by facilitating difficult dialogues directly, and by offering training, advice and guidance. I have been a specialist adviser to Department of Communities and Local Government, helping to strengthen cohesion and resilience. I have written a range of publications and guidance to contribute to the growing knowledge in our field. I live in Newcastle upon Tyne and work across England. 


Susan McEwen

Susan McEwen has been working with communities growing capacity to deal well with difference for almost 20 years.  She has been working for the Corrymeela Community since 2004 and now holds the position of Head of Programmes.

Susan has considerable experience working at a local level in Northern Ireland as well as well developing thinking on wider systemic change.  She has developed creative approaches, dialogue and formal training to nurture and support communities live well together, and has a particular passion in developing gendered approaches to peace building.


The cost for the day is £20 and will include a catered buffet lunch. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.


For any further questions on the day, please email

More information about our Community Reconciliation programme can be found here.