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How to do a OWW Event

Welcome to our 'Doing OWW' pages!

Our hand book "Piecing Together One World" draws together 30 years' experience of putting on OWW events together with the insights from projects. It's an easy-to-read guide to everything you need to know about putting on a OWW event. This is well worth a careful read.

If you want a one page guide to take to a planning meeting, download Ten Top Tips here

The key to a successful OWW lies in having clear objectives, careful planning, good teamwork and events which involve and inspire your community in celebration, learning and action.

Whether you have been running a OWW event for a number of years as part of an established OWW group, or if you are a member of a local organisation and would like to use one of your regular meeting to focus on OWW issues, or if you are an individual wanting to get started, the following pages are designed to help you make the most of what you choose to do.

Whatever you do, be green! Because we need a sustainable planet to underpin all the improvements we seek. So, please strive to make your event environmentally friendly, by raising the awareness of everyone involved to: minimise waste, pollution and water consumption; encourage use of modes of transport which minimise environmental impact (e.g. tell people how to get to your event by public transport); choose environmentally friendly options for serving food and drinks and re-use and re-cycle all waste and unwanted products.

Once your event is finalised, don’t forget three key actions:

  1. Submit your event details on our events calendar.  Use the online form here.
  2. Gather data at the event as to who came, by using our feedback form here and sign-in form here
  3. Tell us how it went by using our evaluation form here. (See more details here.)

Good luck with your planning for your OWW event!


These pages offer help with various aspects of organising local OWW events:

OWW for your local organisation

Consider inserting a OWW event into the regular calendar of a group or organisation you are involved with locally 

Forming a new local OWW group

This page has all sorts of hints about finding people to work with and suggestions of resources to help you tell them about OWW.

Why evaluate?

This page explains why it’s important to evaluate events and why we need to collect your feedback. It also provides you with some tools to do it.

 Working with others

This page points you to partner/ supporter organisations which OWW works with nationally - many of them have local supporters and activists you could work with in your area.

A section suggests organisations it might be especially appropriate to work on this year's theme.  

Including cultures and faiths

Working together with people of a variety of cultures and faiths requires sensitivity and respect.  This page introduces advice, much of it from the Inter Faith Network, to help you organise activities that will be acceptable to most faiths. It will enable you to plan inclusive events that will be accessible to all.  It can help you find local inter faith organisations.  We need to remember that the purpose of bringing people from various faiths together in OWW is not to hold an inter faith event of itself, valuable as those are - it is to share perspectives on the global issues addressed in the annual theme.

Tried and tested event ideas

Here you can find lots of ideas which have been reported back to us by organisers who have tried them. They can be adapted to different themes.

Case Studies

These page shares the experiences of OWW organisers of a wide range of events including events that set out to involve people from many faiths and cultures to school prograrmmes for OWW organised by teachers.  Visit these page to see how it's done and be inspired.

Funding Opportunities

You can, of course, have a very valuable event without it costing anything but sometimes you want to hire a hall, pay speakers fees and expenses, pay for the ingredients a refugee group has agreed to cook for your event, have professionally produced publicity material etc. This page has suggestions about grant funding for events and activities, some of them very easy to apply for and at least one OWW groups made a successful application for lottery funding in 2016.


To see what events took place in previous years visit our OWW Events Page and Calendar



Press Releases


Including You
(August 2016)

Recently Added Resources

New Funding Opportunity - The Common Good Fund - Application Deadline 27 Feb. 2017 see more here

Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here

Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here

Press release template for 'Including You' events download here 

Quotations about  building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf 

Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here

"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here 

School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes 

Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)

Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here  links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)

Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint

Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions

Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here

2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local inclusive OWW events - updated for 2016.  Down load ppt here

Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here

2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)

Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones;   suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)

Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to completand send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here

Event participants feedback form  (for organisers to collect feedback from participants at OWW events)   (word.doc)