“I’d never been so deeply affected”

Leeds Trinity

Bernadette Broderick, from Leeds Trinity Chaplaincy, organised Barry & Margaret’s recent visit.

Barry and Margaret deeply affected everyone present when they delivered their ‘Darkness into Light’ talk at Leeds Trinity University in March. In response, the Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy has initiated two Peace Projects at the University.

Firstly, an Annual Peace Lecture is being planned which will address either internal peace lending itself to a spiritual focus, or external peace such as international politics. We are delighted that Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, previous Minister of State for Faith and Communities (2012–2014) has agreed to deliver the Inaugural Lecture in Spring 2016.

Leeds Trinity University has also met with Wetherby Young Offenders (WYO) prison. Research has suggested that re-offending rates by young offenders are proven to be significantly reduced if reading and writing skills are improved. This seems to be a good focus for lessening the distress and division caused by any form of offending behaviour. Leeds Trinity is initially setting up a partnership for its students to help improve the Literacy and Numeracy skills of the young men at WYO. The University’s Psychology and Forensic Psychology students will also undertake small pieces of research for WYO during the Government’s period of major transition and change in the delivery of education in all Young Offenders Institutes (which commences nationally over the summer). As the relationship develops, it is hoped that further co-working will evolve with the Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy, as well as Trinity Sport. Students will be able to commit to these projects as part of their degree modules or as volunteering projects.

We hope that these two Peace Projects will provide a fitting tribute to the effect Barry and Margaret had on every one of us as they shared Jimmy’s story.

You can read the online version of Stories For Jimmy here.

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