Chocolate and Coffee Breaks is designed to be simple so that anyone can participate. Simply invite someone different to you to share in chocolate, coffee and conversation. Sit down together and share your stories. Search for ways you are the same. Listen to your companion to understand who they are, what they have experienced and why they have been on this journey. When we are willing to listen with an open mind and an open heart, we are able to hear new things and see them in new ways. Here is where we break down barriers and just maybe, make new friends.
Research shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely individuals in it are to be trusting, they are also less likely to be involved politically or communally. Without intervention, diversity seems to alienate people in general and contribute to segregation and isolation.
It has been shown that when diverse people have contact and form ties together, there is no detrimental effect. The research* recommended that community centres provide non-confrontational environments for people of a variety of backgrounds and interests.
When there is failure to achieve acceptance towards all members of the community and their diverse ideas and backgrounds, this leads over time to a fragmented society. Diverse communities offer a more open-ended engagement and opportunity to strike a balance between cultural autonomy and social solidarity.
Chocolate, Coffee and Conversation provides this ideal forum when people can easily interact with each other and start the process of acceptance, belonging and contribution. As a result, we build more cohesive communities where individuals work together.
There are many ways you can take part in Chocolate and Coffee Breaks. It may be a simple as reaching out to one person and sharing chocolate, coffee and conversation with them, or organising a large event.
To help you do so, we have created resources for you. These range from ideas, YouTube playlists, of videos, music and talks, to posters, cards and various other materials to make your Chocolate and Coffee Break a success.
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Join our on-line Community to connect with others, explore new ways of reaching out and of course, share our chocolate. Chocolate, Coffee and Conversation Community exist to unite people, by sharing in the simple pleasures of life – Chocolate, Coffee and Conversation – to break down barriers between cultures, races and religions to build strong communities where all can find a sense of belonging and worth.
*Laurence, James. “Reconciling the contact and threat hypotheses: does ethnic diversity strengthen or weaken community inter-ethnic relations?” Ethnic and Racial Studies