Salaam Shalom, in partnership with Bristol City Council Community Cohesion, is developing workshops in conflict prevention. The aim of these workshops is to foster understanding through the process of mediation; creating safe spaces to tackle contentious issues that can hinder dialogue.
A pilot was held in January 2012 where twelve representatives from Muslims, Jewish and other communties took part in the workshop which aimed to create ‘safe space’ to enable members of the community to discuss the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
‘That people are entitled to different opinions, but we need to learn to accept them before we can attempt to establish a solution’
‘I took away knowing that given a context and rules to engage, people can strike a balance to discuss delicate issues without offending each other.’