The Tasmanian Peace Trust was established in 1985 as a means of continuing the initiatives arising from the International Year of Peace. It is a non-political, legally constituted body which operates under a Deed of Trust.
Funding comes from the public through donations, interest free loans and bequests. Twice a year the Trust makes funds available to individuals and groups who submit peace projects. The Afterglow Poetry Competition was one such project. Many of the initiatives it has helped to encourage might not otherwise have taken root. To date grants totalling in excess of $45,000 have been made since the Trust's inception.
In practical terms, the Trust has:
1. Seeded new initiatives through -
2. Supported grass roots community education through -
3. Encouraged initiatives for conflict resolution through -
4. Subsidised -
* This is the Trust's major project. Through its Community Mediation Service, it maintains and builds harmonious relationships in neighbourhoods, schools, communities, workplaces (for both individuals and groups in conflict); saves the expense, delay and inconvenience of possible legal action; provides the opportunity to learn new skills in conflict resolution, and services that are unbiased and confidential.
The Tasmanian Peace Trust believes that: PEACE IS THE PATHWAY - to a more just and a more caring society to a world free from threats of violence, war and oppression to a community free from poverty, homelessness and unemployment
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