RJ Working Update

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Spring Term 2019
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant
from the Co-op Foundation to work with three of Cornwall’s Secondary schools, serving the communities of Truro, Newquay and Penzance.
We will be supporting young people to explore Restorative approaches 
to tackling the harm caused by loneliness,
consulting other students and developing an outdoor space at their school.

“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”

Jim Cooke Head of the Co-op Foundation

More info here 
December’s #SanctuaryInCornwall Conference was a huge success with over 100 people coming together in All Saints Highertown to hear speakers Gulawali Passarlay, Paddy Dowling, Esme Page, Manda Brookman, Caroline Virgo and Sarah Acraman, and even a presentation by students from Mounts Bay Academy.
This conference was about recognising the harm experienced by refugees seeking sanctuary and the huge need for Cornwall’s warm welcome
to be extended, grown and developed in the years ahead.
We enjoyed beautiful food made by Zahar (Waterside Cafe) and contributed to a huge wall map showing different projects  welcoming refugees happening up and down the county.

A film of the event is currently being made,
so follow us on Twitter or Facebook to see it first. 

In November two of our trainers visited Five Islands Academy in the Isles of Scilly to work with Year 6 and Year 3. We built on Restorative Practice done previously with the Year 6 children to explore ways they might be able to support Year 3. The children came up with lots of brilliant ideas and had a chance to put them into practice, being ‘circle keepers’ with the younger children. The groups even got a chance to talk about their learning on Radio Scilly! This is what they had to say:

“I like it because we were talking about our feelings and we got to pass the talking piece around.”
“We are learning to be Restorative Coaches. Like the teachers help us we can help younger children” 
“Restorative Justice is a way to resolve problems and help others to be open about their feelings.”
“It will help me be kind to people”
“The role of Restorative Coaches is to solve arguments in a mature way
and make the school a happier place”

Thank you to all of the children for their enthusiasm, wisdom and kindness,
and to the school for welcoming and working with us.
We will be returning to the Islands in February to develop our work with Year 9. 

Beautiful animations have been made by students at Falmouth University, using the voices of children
from Truro Learning Academy, Newquay Junior Academy and Ludgvan School. 

Watch on our Youtube channel here 
The Restorative Leadership Development Programme
is a new and innovative training developed in partnership with
Applied Minds, Veor Surgery and the University of Exeter,
aimed at strengthening the career progression of Teaching Assistants, Healthcare Assistants and equivalent roles
with the support of strategic leaders in their workplace. 
Places are free due to part-funding from the European Social Fund.
Participants will develop a project of their choice in their workplace,
gaining an accredited qualification (ILM Level 3 Award). 

The first two trailblazing cohorts have begun the Programme on alternate Wednesdays at the Kite building in Penzance. If you’re interested in being part of the next group, get in touch!

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