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What is a OWW Event?
The aim of OWW is to bring people and organisations together to raise awareness about global issues of justice, poverty and inequality.
Events take place locally all over Britain and in many countries around the world - most happen during the week in October that includes United Nations Day, giving everyone a feeling of joint endeavour and building a movement.
Throughout the UK, many community groups, schools, Churches, interfaith groups and universities use OWW to draw attention to global issues and their links with is locally.
As long as global awareness is placed at the heart of the event, with reference to OWW's vision and aims, you can feel free to be as creative as you like.
Past events have ranged from a small group gathering for a fair trade coffee morning, to Churches Together services, to an environmental film festival, to a large scale coming together of a community to share in multicultural food, dance and drama.
Every year OWW sets a theme around a global justice issue, along with a set of resources and related actions initiated by our partners to give our event organisers focus and material to enrich their OWW events.
Our themes are broad to encourage our volunteers to come up with their own interpretations and angle, relevant to their communities.
The Theme for events in 2017 will be announced shortly.
The 2016 theme was:
INCLUDING YOU - Working Together for One World in Peace
The reactions to the terrorist attacks and to the arrival of refugees in Europe in 2015/16 suggested that OWW needed to draw on our tradition of seeking to bring people together to hear each other’s perspectives and share common values. The situation called for us to redouble our efforts to pursue this agenda by encouraging groups to work together locally to inspire citizens and each other to build a culture of inclusion.
The theme title emerged from the fact that everyone was affected by issues around migration and refugees, diversity and inclusion, including extremism and Islamophobia. Locally and globally, our society needed to address these issues to enable us all to live together in peace.
We produced a booklet (8 pp) with suggestions for interpreting the theme. You can download it here (pdf version)
Many organisers set up meetings which brought together local people and organisations to discuss what they could do to help refugees. Contact was made with refugee support organisations some of which had not been involved in OWW before. Another type of event involved celebrating diversity with a big gathering, making welcome families from different communities in the local area and involving refugees in providing food based on their traditional recipes. One group received a Lottery fund grant to pay for it.
Visit our OWW Events Pages from previous years to see what people got up to
Recently Added Resources
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
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 complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here