There was real enthusiasm for the ROC Restore restorative justice project as it was launched last night at a ROC Conversation in Trafford. This was held at the Life Centre in Sale and was a great success with over 100 people attending. We were particularly delighted that the Leader of Trafford Council, Sean Anstee, the Mayor of Trafford, Ejaz Malik, Superintendent James Liggett GMP and Wayne Van Hecke from the Fire Service were able to be with us, as well as a number of Councillors. Sean Anstee commented that he believes agencies like ROC have a unique and crucial role to play in our communities.
This community conversation came halfway through this year’s International Restorative Justice Week (16-23 November). The theme for this year’s International RJ Week is “What would you do?,” which encourages us all to think about what we would do if faced with the chance to meet someone who committed a crime against us. This is to raise awareness of restorative justice as a method of resolving conflict and repairing harm. Further information and case studies of victims who have chosen to take part in restorative justice and benefited from the experience can be found at #whatwouldyoudo
We will be providing training for volunteers to facilitate Restorative Justice conferences and the dates for this are Saturdays 17th, 24th and 31st January 2015 (9.30am – 4.30pm). Please contact Andy Bell for more information: [email protected]
See are reports from the ROC Conversation: