Success Story: Mediation Northern Ireland

30 years ago, a small group of volunteers decided that they could contribute to the peace process in Northern Ireland in a very specific way after attending a ‘Mediation in Conflict’ workshop. From this background, the charity Mediation Northern Ireland grew, and has since built a notable reputation both at home and further afield (the Dalai Lama even opened their new headquarters in 2005). They are now highly involved in political and community issues, and make a strong contribution to civic society. “Our role has changed as the [peace] process has progressed, but there are always pressing issues to confront,” says…
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Success Story: Windmill Hill City Farm

By his own admission, Steve Sayers struck lucky when he tracked down an IT systems analyst willing to spend a few days on a voluntary basis looking at his charity’s infrastructure. Steve is Chief Executive of Bristol’s Windmill Hill City Farm, a well-established facility in the south of the city. A visitor attraction, café and community centre that operates a day-care nursery, the charity also runs a variety of health and social care projects. “We’re a very local organisation,” he says. “The heart of it is about being embedded in the local community. We’re in a region that’s a mix…
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