Newry presentation for Restorative Practice Trainees

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
The achievements of 22 participants who completed CRJI’s Accredited Training in Restorative Practices from across Newry’s Neighbourhood Renewal areas were recognised last Wednesday in Ballybot House. Amongst the successful participants were a number of sixth form students from St. Mary’s High School, PSNI officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, and several community representatives who all received the OCN Level II certificate in Restorative Practices. The presentation was made by CRJI Director Harry Maguire, who spoke at the event and commended each individual for their efforts. Individuals from Newry and Mourne PCSP, PSNI, representatives from various NR Community Associations, local Councillors and family of the participants were also in attendance. Speaking about the course and presentation Liz Kimmins, Safer Stronger Communities Project Co-Ordinator, said the training had yet again been a huge success in building an understanding of restorative practices and the effectiveness of this in dealing with issues within our communities. “The course was a great learning experience for all involved, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to deal with underlying causes of anti-community behaviour and low level crime,” she told Newry Times. “I congratulate all those who completed the programme. The range of participants in this group brought a new dynamic to the training sessions, with the varying levels of experience enhancing the overall experience for everyone. Liz added, “CRJ Newry/Armagh relies on a strong volunteer base to enable our work to continue to be carried out to the high standard expected, and I look forward to getting our newest group involved in casework in the near future.”
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