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Encompass Alumni Visit the Elderly in Palestine

By Mohammed Zarour.           “Each one of us can do a good deed, everyday and everywhere. In hospitals in desperate need of  volunteers, in homes for the elderly where our parents and grandparents are longing for a smile, a listening ear, in the streets, in our workplaces and at home&rdqu [...]

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Joint Memorial Day Event Shines Light of Hope in Conflict

  Last Tuesday 17th April, Israel celebrated its National Memorial Day - an annual day of remembrance for all soldiers killed in combat since the country's foundation. Though a day of much sadness for bereaved family members, in a country with such deep internal divisions and violent external conflict, it would have been almos [...]

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Speaking Truth to the ‘Other’

By Ayesha Carmouche.   Think Cyprus – sandy beaches, British pensioners tanning their sun-impoverished skins, clubbers dancing the night away in Ayia Napa! Not necessarily the place you’d imagine Palestinians and Israelis coming together to talk about conflict, trauma and identity, right?   Well think again. With its own [...]

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Innit Grand: Belonging and Britishness for an Australian in London.

By Olivia Franklin.     A little while ago now, I, along with ten other volunteers, took part in a one-day workshop - the very beginning of Encompass’ new project, ‘Belonging in Britain’.   As you might have already read, this project took shape in the wake of Brexit, Islamic extremism, and reflexive Islamaph [...]

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Coming Home: The Heart of Belonging

By Louise Yu.   I came across the intercultural charity Encompass and the project, ‘Belonging in Britain’, on a volunteering website. The project aimed to find out what belonging meant to all kinds of people living in the UK. With Brexit high on the agenda, and the rise of anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment, belonging i [...]

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Me, You and Us: Belonging in Today’s Britain

  Brexit. Terrorism. Immigration.   Our newspapers and TVs are bombarded by these topics and the fear of people who are not ‘like us’. But what exactly is ‘like us’? What is Britishness or home to those of us living in the UK? Who has the right to enjoy the fruits of British labour? Is the UK a cultural melting [...]

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