A New Home For Limerick’s Restorative Heart

13 February 2014    Limerick’s Restorative Heart has moved from Southill Area Centre to the West-End Youth Centre in Our Lady of Lourdes parish, based in the Ballinacurra-Weston community. Le Chéile’s Southern Manager Mary Henihan presented the Heart to the centre’s Youth Work Manager William Priestly and Youth Worker Glen Guilfoyle.

The Restorative Heart is a symbol of Limerick’s aim of becoming Ireland’s first Restorative City, and inspiring other cities and towns around Ireland to apply Restorative Practices to youth work, justice and education.  The Restorative Heart was launched at Le Chéile Restorative Justice Project’s Annual Conference last November to embody the conference’s theme of ‘‘Repair, Rebuild, Restore.’

The Restorative Heart is a wooden sculpture that all conference delegates contributed to and which is travelling around the city to take pride of place in communities, schools and projects across the Limerick in 2014.

The Restorative Justice Project in Limerick aims to contribute to the development of social cohesion and harmony within communities in Limerick with a particular focus on the areas of Moyross, Southill, Weston and St Mary’s Park.  The project in Limerick is the first RJ project in Ireland to work solely with young people.

Le Chéile’s Southern Regional Manager Mary Henihan said, “The Restorative Heart is a shining example of the great work being done throughout Limerick to embed Restorative Practices in the city.  This is a new way of working together to promote positive change.”

For almost three decades, Our Lady of Lourdes parish has benefited from the services of the youth centre.  Recently christened “The West End,” the centre provides numerous activities for young people between the ages of 7 and 22.  All youth work staff in the West End Youth Centre have completed restorative practice training and are committed to using this training as a new way of working. 

If your organisation is interested in hosting the Restorative Heart, please contact Mary Henihan on 0870678336 or maryh@lecheile.ie  The Heart was made by Desina Grafix.

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