Latest news from TVRJS
15 May 2018
International Day of Families May 15th
If you, or a family member, have ever been affected by crime you may be interested in some form of Restorative Justice. You may like to watch the video clip below showing 2 of our ambassadors who have gone through the RJ Process and the benefits this held for them.
If you are a young person under the age of 25, harmed by crime or bullying, you might like to visit SAFE! who can provide support and advice. Alternatively our Family Matters programme supports anyone with a family member or partner in prison- see links below:
Learn about Family Matters
If Restorative Justice isn’t for you, but you feel you would like some form of support- then you can visit the Victims First website below:
8 May 2018
TVRJS achieves the TPQM
The Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) has recently achieved the Training Provider Quality Mark (TPQM), a quality mark awarded by the Restorative Justice Council to restorative training providers who meet the RJC’s rigorous and exacting criteria.
“Through achieving the TPQM, Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service has shown its commitment to providing high quality restorative practice training. I would like to congratulate all the team members for their accomplishment.”
Chris Straker, the RJC’s interim Chief Executive
Find out more about TPQM
16 May 2016
Justice Committee Select Inquiry
Ray Fishbourne, Chair of Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) Advisory Group and strategic lead for Restorative Justice for Thames Valley Partnership gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry on Restorative Justice on Tuesday 19th April.
The purpose of the session was to look at the effectiveness of Restorative Justice, the progress made towards the Ministry of Justice’s action plan and obstacles facing the delivery of high quality restorative justice. It followed the submission of written evidence provided by 42 stakeholders including TVRJS. We provided a comprehensive paper which addressed the key questions the committee wished to explore.
To hear and watch Ray’s evidence see this link to Parliament Live TV.
20 Nov 2015
Volunteer Information Evening – 17 November 2015
On the evening of Tuesday 17 November we held an Information Evening for people who have expressed an interest in volunteering with TVRJS to meet some of the team, learn more about RJ, the processes and the role they would be taking on.
We had a number of interested volunteers brave Storm Barney to join us at The Barn where we provided tea, coffee and snacks for the evening. Starting with an ice breaker introductions were made and lots learnt about everyone’s backgrounds before we all sat and watched The Woolf Within. Tania gave an overview of Restorative Justice and TVRJS before Colette explained our Training Programme. Katrina ran through the volunteer process and the next steps for those attending before our lovely volunteer, Melanie, took some time to tell everyone about her experience of volunteering as a facilitator so far.
It was great to meet the interested volunteers and we look forward to welcoming them to our training next year.
21 Oct 2015
The power of Restorative Justice highlighted at House of Lords
The new Restorative Justice Service for victims of crime in Thames Valley was launched at the House of Lords on 20th October.
The event was hosted by Lord Blair of Boughton, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, in collaboration with Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley.
The PCC awarded the three year contract for his Victim-Led and Pre-Sentence Restorative Justice service to Thames Valley Partnership earlier this year.
Thames Valley Partnership has 15 years’ experience in championing and delivering Restorative Justice services in the region and is responsible for Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) who are delivering the service.
Lord Blair, a former Chair of Trustees of Thames Valley Partnership, welcomed 50 guests to the launch event where the service was described in a series of presentations, including from victims who had benefited from a pilot service.
Speakers included the PCC, Anthony Stansfeld, who outlined the need for the service and the commissioning process, and Ray Fishbourne, the Chair of the TVRJS steering group, who outlined the long history of Restorative Justice provision in Thames Valley and TVRJS’s contribution to building an evidence base demonstrating the capacity of Restorative Justice to help victims and offenders.
Becci Seaborne, Director of the new service, then went on to explain how the service works and what it will offer to victims ofcrime.
A recent EU funded project, where victims of very serious crimes had met their offenders, was also described and two victims whohad participated shared the positive effects these meetings had had on their lives.
Gerry, a victim of childhood sexual abuse who met her abuser in prison, said:
“Restorative Justice has not only given me the tools to resolve a lot of pain, but it gave me the key to a functional life.”
The launch ended with information on the benefits of Restorative Justice in reducing the rate of reoffending and how more research is needed on how Restorative Justice helps victims in their long-term health and well-being.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I am delighted to have funded this new service which will offer victim-initiated and pre-sentence Restorative Justice to victims of crime in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Restorative Justice is a powerful tool in helping repair the harm that has been done to those affected by crime.
“The testimonies from those that have been through the RJ process were truly impressive. They showed us how empowering and valuable it is to have the opportunity to explain to the offender the impact of the crime and to have their questions answered.
“I wish to thank them for sharing their stories and I know that the service will help many more victims of crime in the future recover from the experience.”
Geoff Emerson, Restorative Justice Associate at Thames Valley Partnership, said:
“It is the stories from people who have been helped by Restorative Justice that convince sceptics and policymakers. We heard from two brave people who want others to have the chance to meet those who caused them harm. By doing this they told us they got power back into their lives. I don’t think anyone in the room left unconvinced about the powerful benefits to be gained from RJ.”
To find out more about this service, to refer yourself or to make a referral, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at https://tvrjs.org.uk.