Innovative community safety project wraps up

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Community safety pioneers, Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI), have just concluded a highly successful programme with young people, aged 11 to 15, from the Barcroft, Loanda Crescent and Martin’s Lane areas of the town. The programme, ‘Choices and Consequences’, was delivered to fifteen young people over an eight week period by members of Newry and Armagh CRJI. The sessions included presentations from the emergency services, people working with drugs and alcohol addiction, people who had made poor choices in the past and CRJI case workers. The Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) funded project came to an end recently with a celebration presentation night in Barcroft Community Centre. Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy presented certificates to the young people and CRJI Development Worker, Ewan Morgan, chaired the event. Speaking afterwards Ewan Morgan said, “This innovative programme set out to inform young people of this area that choices always have consequences and the importance of thinking before we act. I believe we have been successful in achieving that. Mr. Morgan added, “Furthermore, the young people here have been introduced to repairing harm through restorative practices.”
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