"I don't create victims anymore"
Published by Kat Collins for New Charter Group in Communities and also in Housing
Gedling NRP launch
On Wednesday 7th May people from all sections of society, across Gedling borough in Nottinghamshire, came together to learn about Restorative Justice and volunteering opportunities.
The event, organised by Gedling Homes, was open to tenants and the general public in the Gedling borough and saw over 30 people attend. All who came were keen to make a positive difference in their community.
John Stevenson from Training in Restorative Solutions gave a presentation on what restorative justice is and the benefits it can bring to the victim, wrongdoer and wider community as a whole.
Attendees were left inspired by Peter Woolf’s frank account of his own experiences as a repeat offender, how restorative justice helped him see things from the victim’s perspective and encouraged him to turn his life around. His life is very different now and he helps promote the power of restorative justice across the country. As he states in his own words: “I don’t create victims anymore.”
Attendees found it a fascinating event, commenting: “It sounds right up my street,” and “Really interesting, I want to know more!”
Gedling Neighbourhood Resolution Panels are led by Gedling Homes, with the support of the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership. This partnership includes Gedling Borough Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Victim Support.
Free training has been sourced by Restorative Solutions, and the project follows the success of Gedling Homes’ partner organisation, New Charter Housing Trust in Tameside, Manchester.
For more information, call Gedling Homes’ Neighbourhoods team on 0115 905 1515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org