Who We Are
We are a national charity working to support those affected by conflict, acts of terror and politically motivated violence.
We support victims of conflict and terrorism and veterans, enabling them to use their traumatic experiences to do something positive and to move forward with their lives. We support young people to turn away from violence, and we work to build stronger communities without prejudice and discrimination.
The Foundation was established in 1995 by Colin and Wendy Parry, victims of a politically motivated act of terrorism which took the life of their 12 year old son Tim and 3 year old Johnathan Ball.
The Foundation helps others affected by political, racial or faith based conflict and acts of terrorism, by encouraging them to follow our founders’ example and help to prevent violence in their own communities and beyond…in the name of peace and reconciliation.
The Foundation is the only UK charitable organisation which supports victims and survivors of acts of terrorism through the provision of learning programmes which explore the causes and effects of conflict and its resolution through non-violent means. Find out how you can support our work.
On 20th March 1993 an IRA bomb in Warrington in the North West England, took the lives of 12 year old Tim Parry and 3 year old Johnathan Ball. 56 other people were injured and many others will carry the mental scars with them for the rest of their lives. No one has ever been prosecuted for killing Tim and Johnathan.
Tim Parry’s parents, Colin and Wendy, set their hearts on building a unique Peace Centre as a lasting memorial to the boys. It was opened on the 7th anniversary of the bombing... 20th March 2000.
Colin and Wendy’s vision was to create a safe place where ordinary people could learn about the causes and non-violent resolution of conflict, so that they might turn their passion for and commitment to peace, into the skills which can help prevent other atrocities. They wanted to encourage those involved in, or affected by conflict, to build meaningful friendships and thereby, find the means of working together to eliminate the prejudice and distrust that destroys cross community and international relations.
Based at the Peace Centre the Foundation has a strong team to deliver its programmes and to help the charity grow and prosper. Information on the Foundation's Team can be found here.
The Foundation also has a network of skilled facilitators, to support our full time team and who are accredited to deliver our programmes. Information on the Foundation's Sessional Facilitators can be found here.
Behind the Foundation there is a Board of Trustees that guide and support the charity's work. The Foundation's Trustees can be found here.
The Foundation has a number of patrons that support and advocate on our behalf. the Foundation's Patron information can be found here.