The international RJ Week will be celebrated also in Ireland! Limerick Restorative Practices and Le Cheile Mentoring Projects are delighted to announce the schedule of their first RJ Week celebrations, which they prefer to call RJ & RP Week.
Among the different activities organised, participants will be able to see a RJ conference in action, learn how to apply RP to sports coaching (or any group coaching activity for that matter), share RP experiences with a wider public, participate in the re-launch of a RP Project, enjoy the release of a new DVD featuring RP in Limerick and the new “How-To Guide”, and much more. All events are free (except the film screening).
Find below the schedule of the initiatives:
Monday 19 November
10-12am – 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 a 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 21 November
11-1pm – Introductory coffee mornings to Restorative Practices at The Factory Southside Youth Space, Galvone Road. Get an introduction, or re-introduction, into Restorative Practices in this interactive workshop, ask questions and hear how its 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, but 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 22 November
2-3pm – Limerick Restorative Practices Project Re-Launch at Ceim ar Cheim, Moyross
(Consider this a formal invitation to what will be a pretty informal event). This project has been running since 2013 with great success to date, thanks to the great work of my predecessors Ingrid and Caitlin. Come along to see the launch of the new DVD of ‘RP in Limerick’, the new ‘How-To Guide’, a valuable resource for schools, youth-clubs 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 important resources (FREE) 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 info contact Joe Power, Restorative Practices Development Officer or check the website.