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We’re Hiring – Administrator

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The Blackley Centre is a Christian charity which works mainly with churches, other faith communities, inter faith organisations and charities to provide training, mediation and inter faith activities to transform conflict and work for good relations and peace.

The Centre is a place for peace and welcomes people and groups for mediation, training, retreats, inter faith activities and those who rent our facilities. The Centre is co-located with its main partner, Blackley Baptist Church in a beautiful location in the village of Blackley, West Yorkshire, not far from junction 24 of the M62.

We are seeking a part-time Administrator to work for 15 hours a week with our two Directors and wider team of partners and volunteers to provide high quality administration for organising, delivering and promoting our courses and inter faith activities, and welcoming guests to the Centre. Salary £19,500 per annum pro rata.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is well educated, highly organised, flexible and will bring energy and initiative to the role. This person will also quickly develop a commitment to the work of the Blackley Centre and be able to utilise their experience with the Centre to develop themselves further.

Informal enquiries to the Director for Inter Faith Relations, Andy Williams at andy.williams@blackleycentre.co.uk or telephone 07742 077994

Closing date: Thursday 17th June 2021

Interviews will be conducted in person at the Centre on 21st June For more information and details on how to apply please contact the Director as above.

Style

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Discover more about yourself through the Gilmore Fraleigh Style Profile.

Zoom Session on Style

The Friendly Style Profile is a profiling system helps you understand how you respond in both calm and storm situations. Created by Dr Susan Gilmore and Dr Patrick Fraleigh it is a trusted and respected way for people to explore more about themselves and their behaviour, and also to consider the impact they have on others. This is particularly helpful when life is challenging and stressful, making a huge difference to teams working together. Used extensively by churches, mediators, counsellors and other professionals, it improves our understanding of one another, and therefore helps us avoid unnecessary destructive conflict. 

May 28th 9.30 – 11.30
Cost £40

Booking essential as a questionnaire has to be completed prior to the workshop. Final date for booking is May 25th.

Please email jo.williams@blackleycentre.co.uk to make a booking.

Let’s Talk Understanding Conflict

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Zoom workshops in June

Unresolved destructive conflict causes communication and relationship breakdown in families, teams and organisations of all kinds, making it difficult to live or work well together.

These workshops help participants to improve their understanding of conflict, how conflict may cause relationships to suffer, how good communication skills can help to prevent it from becoming destructive and how to deal creatively with conflict to restore and build relationships in families, organisations and communities.

These workshops will be of interest to individuals and to those who work in the voluntary, community and faith, public and private sectors, particularly team leaders.

Led by Joanna Williams, Director for Reconciliation

A series of three workshops delivered on Zoom on Fridays in June on 4th, 11th and 18th from 9.30am to 11.30am exploring…

1. Why conflict happens (4th)

2. How relationships suffer (11th)

3. Good communication skills to restore and build community (18th)

Cost £90 as professional development (CPD, CMD) or £75 for personal use/interest

Please enquire about discounts for groups or teams

To book your place, please complete and return the booking form to andy.williams@blackleycentre.co.uk

Reconcilers Together: Journey of Hope: a 6 month community reconciliation training for 20 emerging faith leaders

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https://www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk/

The Blackley Centre is delighted to be a part of the second Journey of Hope Pilgrimage as, together with our partner organisations in Reconcilers Together we are working to equip and enable peacemakers from across the country. This time applicants are invited from all faith communities. This is a brilliant opportunity – do have a look at the website above for more details.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our personal and collective response in times of crisis are crucial. As Covid-19, racial injustice, and the climate crisis continue to deeply impact our society, we are inviting you to join a community of committed peacemakers on a journey of hope: not the kind of hope that simply wishes for change optimistically, but the kind of hope that faces reality, stands in solidarity, and takes radically compassionate action.

This community will be an anchor point as we explore together how to creatively and courageously respond to conflict, cultivating a more relational and resilient society.

If you believe a new, more peaceful way of being is not only possible but paramount and want to be inspired by transformative leadership and innovative practices, this training is for you. 

Covid 19 and the Blackley Centre

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The Blackley Centre has had to follow Government restrictions and this has inevitably effected the services that we have been able to offer. At this time of anxiety, fear and loss, we have felt it important to keep working in as many ways as we can, offering support and help to others.

In the short term we have developed on line training on conflict and anxiety, offering interpersonal mediations using virtual platforms, and individual coaching for church leaders to help them navigate these strange and troubling times. Increasingly we are developing our links with other faith groups and exploring how we can learn from each other as to how we respond to these new times.

As the restrictions are, hopefully, easing, we are looking to recommence our Peace and Quiet individual retreat days, beginning again in September. Numbers will necessarily be limited, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for one of these days.