In response to the largest movement of displaced people across Europe since World War II and the increase in unregulated spaces at our borders, we began in 2015 as a grass-roots collaboration of peacemakers accompanying those who seek peace at the borders of our lives and the borders of our nations. Focussed initially on the unofficial ‘jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, we are now at a point of expansion, seeking to scale up our support of those caught up in the ongoing refugee crisis and find peaceful responses at the borders.
- Offer and enhance peaceful spaces
- Accompany peacemakers
- Facilitate healing relationships
- Train and coordinate reflective and responsive volunteers
- Provide relief and transition assistance
- Listen to and elevate voices of displaced people in border communities
- Support volunteers
In a time when borders and boundaries are causing increased division and polarisation we all have a vital task of finding healthy ways of integrating new arrivals and learning from each other to build healthy communities.
In January 2018 Peaceful Borders became a project of The Mennonite Trust. This gives us a secure base from which to grow our proven and respected peacemaking work here in the UK and in Calais.
Juliet Kilpin coordinates the work part-time with the support of Simon Jones and other Peaceful Borders voluntary team members.
Peaceful Borders began as a grass roots collaboration and seeks to remain flexible and able to respond quickly to a changing and unpredictable environment. Much of our work grew out of a 3 month pilot initiative called the Listening Project pioneered in the Calais ‘jungle’ with CHIPS (Christian International Peace Service), who remain supportive partners.
Urban Expression is another supportive partner and is committed to serving urban marginalised communities. Urban Expression helped to incubate Peaceful Borders by releasing Juliet Kilpin for one day per week to develop Peaceful Borders from Sept 2016 – November 2017.
We are keen to partner with all who seek peace at our borders in these times of unprecedented movement of people fleeing conflict and seeking peace.
“If you have come to help me, go home. But if you have come because your freedom is bound up in mine, let’s walk together”.
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