Restorative Justice Week Events in Limerick

The International Restorative Justice Week will take place all over Europe and beyond between the 18th and 25th of November. To mark the occasion, Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project and Limerick Restorative Practices Project are delighted to announce a full schedule of events for the week, with the aim of introducing Restorative Justice (and its sister philosophy, Restorative Practice) to as wide an audience as possible.

All events are free (with the exception of the film), open to anyone, and will allow people the opportunity to see Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice in action and ask questions about it to relevant practitioners.

 

Monday 19th November

10-12pm Coffee with a Cop at McDonalds, Castletroy

As the name suggests this is something that has grown out of the US, but is now a worldwide phenomenon. Grab a free coffee and chat with a member of the Gardai. No agenda, no speeches, just a nice way to start the week and a chance for the community and the Gardai to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment.

 

Wednesday 21st November

11-1pm Introductory coffee morning to Restorative Practices at The Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Road

Get an introduction or re-introduction into Restorative Practices in this interactive workshop where you can ask questions and hear how it’s used in children’s residential services from front line staff. Hopefully will get a community response so why not help share your good work with people?

2-4pm Mock Restorative Justice conference at Urban Coop, Eastway Business Park, Ballysimon Road

Witness a mock restorative justice conference address issues of bullying and conflict between two teenagers, which has affected two families, without recourse to aggression and/or the courts. See the format, experience the power of this model of conflict resolution and discuss the possibilities afterwards for communities in a Q&A session.

6-7:30pm Restorative Practices as applied to coaching at Ceim ar Cheim, Moyross

Again see how the simple principals of Restorative Practices can apply to coaching any sport or any activity, from the local chess club or scout group to the senior hurling or soccer team. This important workshop for all coaches or group leaders will improve your team’s cohesion and morale, and reduce the possibility of bullying and conflict, while also giving you strategies for when conflict does arise.

 

Thursday 22nd November

2-3pm Limerick Restorative Practices Project Re-Launch at Ceim ar Cheim, Moyross

Come along to see the launch of the new DVD of ‘RP in Limerick’ and the new ‘How-To Guide’ for schools, youthclubs or any organisation looking to improve relationships, as well as new posters designed by Limerick’s own young people. Talk to RP practitioners, get hold of these free resources and learn how RP can become part of your school/club/community.

6:30pm One off screening of ‘The Meeting’ at the Omniplex Cinema Limerick

This film is an absolute must and covers the real-life Restorative Justice meeting between Ailbhe Griffith (who plays herself in the film and was seen lately on the Late Late) and her attacker and is a great way to wrap up the week. It will be followed by a 40 minute Q&A with the film’s producer Tomas Hardiman and Dr. Marie Keenan, Restorative Justice practitioner, who was also central to the real-life story.

 

For more questions on what these events are about, details on locations, or questions about RJ/RP in general contact us:

Lorna Walsh, Le Chéile Restorative Justice Project on 0879939758 or lornawalsh@lecheile.ie

Or

Joe Power, Restorative Practices Development Officer at  061-322122/087-9363010 or check out the website – www.restorativepracticeslimerick.ie

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