Later this month, Jacqueline Hollows – founder of social enterprise Beyond Recovery – will speak at the much anticipated 2020 ViVA Event. Four members of the associated community group, Beyond Truth, will join her. They are Derrick Mason, Omar Wilson, Alfie Chambers and Chris Mavinga.
FINDING THEIR VOICE
Ever since they spoke compellingly at the UK Three Principles Conference in June 2020, the Beyond Truth guys have been in demand as speakers and presenters at various Three Principles based conferences and meetings. Their first-hand accounts of the incredible journeys they’ve been on since working with Beyond Recovery in prison, and gaining the Three Principles understanding, are moving and inspiring in equal measure.
THE HOPE INSIDE
The ViVA Event takes place each October, and this year it is online for the first time. Hence it has a new name and strapline: ViVA Goes Virtual Event – realising the richness of life from your own home. This wonderful event was established five years ago and has become known for providing a space for deep connection, joyful expression, fun and presence. Jacqueline and Beyond Truth will lead a plenary session – ‘The Hope Inside’ – on the afternoon of Saturday 24th October. They will also take part in various breakout sessions throughout the four-day event.
Derrick Mason is a founder member of Beyond Truth and project coordinator for Beyond Recovery. He said: “I’m excited to be speaking at this year’s ViVA Event. It is new to me, but from what I’ve read and heard, it’s a brilliant, inclusive event. I love the fact that it celebrates and explores the living joy that’s available within us all because that is what I’ve discovered myself. In fact, it’s is a big part of the reason I’m so keen to share my experience.’
Omar Wilson works alongside Derrick at Beyond Recovery as deputy project coordinator and is also a founding member of Beyond Truth. He added: ‘Before coming across Beyond Recovery and The Three Principles, I could never have imagined that I would be speaking in public and sharing my experience with hundreds of people. It means so much to me to be involved, and I’m proud to be part of the ViVA event alongside so many incredible speakers. I know it’s going to be a very special experience.’
Jacqueline commented: ‘One of the things I love about the ViVA Event is that the organisers are willing to do something different, in an inclusive way. They bring a flavour of fun and light-heartedness to proceedings and are prepared to experiment. That can go a long way towards helping people to see something fresh. I’m delighted to be speaking at this year’s virtual event along with the fabulous Beyond Truth guys, of whom I’m truly proud.’
ViVA Goes Virtual takes place on 23rd to 26th October, and there is still time to purchase tickets. Click here for more information and to book your place.