This event was organised in partnership with Bristol Multi-Faith Forum, Building the Bridge, and St John’s Church in Bristol. Ms Bashir gave a talk about how to recognise and help vulnerable people. As a part of the seminar we watched a short video presentation about Isa Ibrahim from Bristol. In 2009 he was caught and convicted of terrorism related charges. The case of Isa Ibrahim was extremely significant for Bristol as well as the region as a whole. It was felt that the case could provide a valuable opportunity to explore some of the issues relating to preventing violent extremism and explore how police, partners and communities can work together to tackle it. Later, we carried a discussion in groups about certain questions related to what led Isa Ibrahim to get extreme views.
The Conviction project aims to highlight the crucial nature of early intervention work, illustrate how quickly vulnerable person can be adversely influenced by extremist rhetoric and raise awareness of the issues around violent extremism so that people can work together to tackle them.