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We provide a volunteer driven in-reach service to prisons based on a restorative justice project called the Sycamore Tree (STP). An outcome of our intervention is the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with prisoners and our trained volunteers. Our mentors encourage the development of empathy, resilience and self-esteem, and provide consistency and accountability in the lives of our service users. These relationships continue following return to the community.

Location:

Dublin

Established:

2015

Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity

Focus

  • Addiction
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Housing and homelessness
  • People in vulnerable situations e.g. domestic violence.
  • Religion
  • Social inclusion
  • Volunteering

Interest

  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Research

EU Project Experience

No experience

This organisation is new to EU funding and will be supported by the Access Europe team.

EU Funding Goals

Looking to be a partner (not lead) with other voluntary and statutory organisations in understanding and promoting restorative justice practice, primarily from a perpetrator perspective both in prisons and in community. Goal is to build an academy approach to training managers, facilitators and regional teams who will deliver and support projects.

Strengths

We are a committed voluntary organisation coming from a Christian faith perspective but not faith promoting in the context of Restorative Justice and Practice.25 of our team have Restorative Practice basic training. 5 have advanced training and practice. During 2022 15+ volunteers will be trained in teaching and facilitation of the Sycamore Tree* Restorative Justice program. We plan to deliver this program in a Dublin prison in mid- 2022 and roll it out in to 4 prisons in 2023.

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Contact name:

Philip Larragy

Job tittle:

CEO

Email Address:
philipl@release.ie
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