Oral History Project Begins

At first glance, the Isle of Man may appear an homogeneous society. Scratch the surface and you’ll find that our residents were born in more than 100 countries. When few people in the UK can pinpoint the Isle of Man on a map, how have people from across the world found their way here?

Last night three members of the African community – Sikhu from Swaziland, Nana from Ghana and Bukola from Nigeria shared their stories with Judith Ley from Manx Radio.  You will be able to hear the results, beginning next month, on Manx Radio.  Next year we hope to have an exhibition which will move round Island venues.

If you’d like to share your story with us, please contact us.

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We’re recruiting!

After six years in post, our director Rosemary Clarke is retiring at Christmas. This means we are looking for a new person to lead the One World Centre forwards in the new year.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced and committed individual to provide overall management of the Centre in promoting awareness of issues of global equity, justice, and a sustainable future, especially in the Island’s schools.

Based at St Johns, the Charity Director will preferably have experience of development education and management, an educational qualification, a passion for global issues, and proven success in fundraising. With excellent interpersonal skills, s/he will be a natural networker and manager, a competent communicator and have an ability to recognise and seize opportunities.

Hours to be agreed between 21 and 28 per week. A full job description and person specification can be found by clicking this link: Job Description Charity Director Oct 2017

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017 with interviews expected to take place during the week commencing 13th November.

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Responsible Business Awards

The One World Centre’s Global Village was one of five nominees for Community Initiative of the Year for Charities at the inaugural Responsible Business Awards held last Thursday night. We didn’t win – that honour went to Beach Buddies for the amazing work they have done in both clearing the beaches and drawing in a tenth of the Island’s population to help them! – but it was a great to be part of the event.

The Chartered Management Institute generously sponsored our attendance at the evening and we were delighted to be one of two charities drawn out of a hat to benefit from funds raised on the evening.  More than £450 will make a welcome contribution to our resources.

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Poetry Slam Success

DSCF6083A group of Year 8 students from Ballakermeen High School wowed the judges at the final of the One World Centre’s Poetry Slam with their poem Her Story which began by considering History = His Story.  Dylan was unable to make the final, but Graihagh, Francesca, Grace, and Ann Mary did their group proud.  The runners up, from Ramsey Grammar School – Oscar, Cian, Dylan and Owen, titled their poem You don’t know.

Sir Richard Gozney, the Lt Governor and Patron of the One World Centre, introduced the evening.  He posed a challenge to adults to recognise the poets who had written three extracts that related to different themes used in the competition.

It was widely acknowledged that the judges (Stacey Astill, Geoff Corkish and Karen Riodan, chaired by Paula Holloway) had a very difficult job.  The 12 groups in the final came from Ballakermeen, Castle Rushen, Queen Elizabeth II and Ramsey Grammar Schools, all of which had had in-school competitions involving many pupils.  As well as learning about poetry and gaining the confidence to perform, students also learned about Modern Day Slavery,  Natural Disasters, Education and Refugees, choosing how to relate these themes in poetry.

The winning team opened the Manx Lit Fest’s Poetry Slam the following evening, with Audrey Taggart being invited to perform her poem Oblivious as well.

Congratulations to all involved, and many thanks to Ballakermeen for staging the event, the judges for determining a winner, and Sir Richard for squeezing us in on his way to the airport.

Afterwards we had a lovely accolade from one of the teachers:

The experience was so valuable and worthwhile for the pupils. They got such a lot out of it – from changing their perception of poetry, building their self-confidence and exploring important world issues. It is one of the most worthwhile things I have been involved in as a teacher.

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AGM – 8th September

Annual ReportOnce again it is time to look back over the last year and reflect on the work of the One World Centre.  As well as presenting our Annual Report and Accounts, we are delighted to be able to welcome Kristene Sutcliffe to talk about a new film from Stage Door called Three Mothers.  It will be premiered next month but we will get a sneak preview of part of the film and learn about Baldrine being turned into Senegal for the day.

Do come and join us at 1900 at Green’s Cafe in St Johns.


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Global Village

IMG_0116 - small We were delighted to welcome Swedish dancers to the Global Village on Wednesday, complete with their own musicians. For half an hour they entertained us with a variety of group dances, elegant in their beautiful costumes. This photo was taken by Valerie Caine.
There were also performances from Lynette (Indian Dance) and Jane (Thai Dance) as well as displays of Karate and Aikido, not to mention the workshop style used by Rodger to encourage young people to try the didgeridoo.
The sun shone and the crowds enjoyed sampling food from India, Africa, the Philippines, Thailand and the Caribbean. A range of local development, environmental and cultural stalls provided activities for children. Textiles, jewelry and Fairtrade tea and coffee were available for the first time.

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Parish Walk

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This year the trainers are more worn, but Rosemary hopes they will see her to Peel on Saturday (only 32.5 of the 85 mile challenge). She is hoping to boost our dwindling resources and would welcome sponsors! If you live on the route, please give her a wave as she passes through.

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Forthcoming Events

UNA AGM – Wednesday 21st June 1830, The Views Restaurant, Onchan Park, to be followed by an informal dinner with Professor St John Bates, former Clerk of Tynwald and current Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde.  If you would like to book a place for the dinner, please contact Andrew Newton (tel: 427 925).

Do! AGM – Thursday 22nd June 1945 The Well, Broadway, Douglas.  There’s an opportunity to learn about all the activities that this Manx charity has been doing in Uganda over the last year, and how they plan to use the recent small grant from the Government’s International Development Fund.



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Shared Honours in Primary Film Competition

WinnersEarlier in the year primary school pupils were busy learning about international development so that they could create a film not more than 4 minutes long on the theme “Its Not Fair!”, interpreted in a global context. Seven films were shown at the Awards Evening on 15th May

A tale of inequality based on the story of St Bridget’s Night and narrated in Manx was one of the joint winners. Participating for the first time, the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh used the story of how St Bridget had dressed as an old beggar woman seeking shelter on a stormy night to explore attitudes to refugees, displaced people and those who lose their homes through natural disasters.  They also won an award for Best Storytelling.

Also picking up the title of Overall Winners at this year’s event was Sulby school with a film that compared the types of things that children in the Isle of Man think as unfair with the challenges faced by children in other countries such as child labour, lack of education, extreme poverty and poor water and sanitation.  Their individual award was for Best Message

Other entrants included Dhoon School who were awarded Best Acting, St Thomas’ who received Best Modelling and Animation and Arbory who won Best Design.  Bunscoill Rhumsaa picked up Best Call to Action and the youngest entrants on the night from the reception and Year 1 classes at Ballasalla were awarded Best Music.

You can view the films here:



Bunscoill Ghaelgagh

Bunscoill Rhumsaa

The Dhoon

St Thomas


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Manx aid – Making a real difference

manxaidimageWhat does Manx international aid get spent on? Our new exhibition Making A Difference aims to explain exactly that by showing the practical work and outcomes of the many different charities and projects that have received funding from the Manx Government’s Small Grants scheme over the past five years. As well as giving details of the specific schemes that have been supported, the exhibition shows how many thousands of lives have been transformed in developing countries through Manx generosity. The exhibition is currently at the Arrivals area of the Sea Terminal in Douglas and will move in mid May to Ramsey Town Hall.  Click this link to hear OWC Committee Member Louise Whitelegg explaining the thinking behind the exhibition to Paul Moulton. http://manx.net/tv/mt-tv/watch/82641/making-a-difference-exhibition

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