There are many ways to become involved in Restorative Approaches in Suffolk.
- Be a volunteer to facilitate Restorative Approaches in your community
- As a victim of a crime you can request Restorative Justice for some offences
- Aa a member or members of the community that would like to resolve an issue with a Restorative Approach
- Become a Restorative Approach champion!
More details about each of these ways of getting involved with a Restorative Approach is below. Remember that contacting us to talk about how you would like to get involved is free and impartial, we are not part of the criminal justice system.
There are several ways you can get involved in Restorative Approaches in Suffolk.
If you are a victim
What is Restorative Justice?
It’s all about repairing the harm that’s been done to an individual, group or community by helping people (wrong doers) understand how their actions have an impact upon others.
This is achieved by the victims and offenders meeting face to face in a controlled way to talk about what happened, their thoughts, how it made them feel, who has been affected and what needs to happen to move forward after the incident. That all takes careful planning and preparation but the benefits can be well worth the work.
What are the benefits of Restorative Justice?
It often helps the victim feel more satisfied with the way an incident is dealt with and allows the victim to ask the wrong doers questions for their peace of mind. For example, why me? It also involves the offender taking responsibility for their actions by way of an apology to the victim and in some cases offering to put right the wrongs they have done (mending a broken fence panel or destroyed garden, a written apology and in some cases financial compensation).
If you are a victim of crime and you would like to know more about a restorative approach just send us a message using the form below.
Contact us now to talk about Restorative Justice
It’s free to talk to us about any Restorative approaches. Restorative Justice does not incur any cost to you as the victim and is entirely voluntary.
Become a volunteer
There are various ways to get involved in Restorative working and it’s as rewarding as it is challenging. The way Restorative Approaches change people’s lives can be very powerful and this is down to the participants willingness to participate and the skill and perseverance of the facilitators.
To get involved in Restorative working you will need some training and support but in the first instance please get in contact with us to discuss the role further.
Contact us now about volunteering
Become a volunteer and support your community by being a trained community mediator. We’d love to talk to you more about this role and the opportunities available in Suffolk.
A Community Approach
Sometimes there is a need for a restorative approach to solving conflict within communities. These might be incidents of anti-social behaviour or disagreements between neighbours, it might even be for low level criminal offences.
Whatever the case, community mediation can be what’s needed to resolve the conflict using a trained facilitator. The facilitators job is to be an unbiased party that ensures everyone gets a chance to speak, is respectful of one-another and that they focus on a positive outcome for all parties.
Community Mediation often takes the form of a face-to-face meeting between the aggrieved parties, with several planning and preparation meetings for each party before the joint meeting. Where a face to face meeting is deemed inappropriate by the facilitator there is still the opportunity for ‘shuttle mediation’ where letters are exchanged by all parties involved.
Contact us now about Community Mediation
Community mediation with a Restorative Approach is an excellent way to resolve disputes within a community. It’s outcome focused which means we’re always looking to the future and moving forwards. Using a Community Mediation approach is always better than doing nothing, it won’t make things worse but may just solve the conflict and improve your quality of life.
Becoming a Community Champion
Together with the Suffolk Restorative Approaches Hub, you can:
- Empower your community
- Create a positive difference to your community
- Improve people’s quality of life and make Suffolk a safer place
We need your help to use restorative approaches in our communities. By using a restorative approach our aim is simple, to improve peoples quality of life and keep them feeling safe and secure. There are many other benefits to using a restorative approach in our communities which is supported by professionals looking to change lives for the better.
We need you to tell us about opportunities to work with communities, resolving conflict and breaking down barriers. These might be new disagreements or maybe they’ve been running for a long time. Whatever the case there is a good chance that a restorative approach will help!
Contact us now about being a Community Champion
If you know of a community that needs help with a conflict theres a good chance a restorative approach will help. Send us a message today to talk more about how we can help!
For all other enquires please use the contact form below in the first instance. If you would prefer for us to contact you via telephone please don’t forget to include your details.
Get in touch
Use the contact form to drop us a message. We’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.