Doves fly high with honour

article in South Wales Evening Post – April 28, 2011
Doves at Swansea Guildhall with Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Richard Lewis, Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia and Founder of Peace Mala, Pam Evans
Doves at Swansea Guildhall with Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Richard Lewis, Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia and Founder of Peace Mala, Pam Evans

It was a special celebration for the Doves church group as they became the first youth group in the UK to be awarded Peace Mala Accreditation.

The 25-strong group, who meet at St David’s Priory Catholic Church, in Swansea, were awarded the honour for their work in helping community cohesion.

Founder Pam Evans said: “The young Doves members have shown tremendous commitment to achieving accreditation in less than six months.

“Our message is ‘Treat others as you would wish them to treat you’ and the group has focussed on this ethic throughout the accreditation process.

“We are encouraging other youth groups from all over the UK to achieve this accreditation so they too can benefit from the values that the project brings to young people through the engagement in activities that promote peace and respect between all communities.”

To achieve the award, the group focused on seven areas of action, including celebration of diversity, education, human rights and conflict resolution.

The award was set up in 2001 to promote racial understanding after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.

To see the steps taken and achievements of the Doves Youth Group in order to obtain Peace Mala Accreditation you can download the following PDF files. Self Assessment for AccreditationAccreditation Evidence

Here is a slideshow of pictures from the day, taken by Dalleen Jones.

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