RJ Working and Covid 19

Update 20th March

Thank you for visiting our site. Following government advice, we have suspended all of our activities in schools and colleges as of this week. We are continuing other work online, such as training programmes with adults, and will seek creative ways of remaining active throughout the coming weeks.

The team are working away from the office and working to find ways of supporting communities, schools, colleges and other partners to navigate the challenge of Covid 19 in a restorative way. We’ll remain ‘live’ on all platforms: follow us on Facebook and Twitter and please do email us with any enquiries you may have. If you have not already done so, join our mailing list here in order to receive direct offers for forthcoming programmes and news.

Take good care and we look forward to finding new connections in these difficult times.

The RJ Working team.

Schools’ Environment Conference – Autumn 2019

Read more here as linked in our Spring newsletter! Josh Rogers, lead for Climate Education and West Cornwall, attended this inspirational event in the Autumn term:

In late October, the University of Exeter hosted an inspiring conference for young people from all over Cornwall with students from more than 20 secondary schools, including Woodstock Day School from NYC. It was immensely exciting to see so many students from so many different schools coming together with such a wide understanding of the issues we face and how to collectively progress.

 

The day started with compelling speakers from Primary through to Masters Undergraduate with speeches from Rafi, Tamani, Eva, Bella, Francis and Woodstock Day School students providing an holistic vision of where young people feel that we are amongst climate crisis right now, and how they can see ways for us to move forward societally and globally. 

Students were then asked to provide their top concerns around Climate Change. These were then voted on and returned as our top three points of focus:

1: People accepting that Climate Crisis exists but refusing to do anything about it. 

2: The Fossil Fuel industry.

3: The Meat and Dairy Industry.

 

Professor Stephan Harrison of Exeter University followed with a presentation looking at high level science and the forecast for climate on our current trajectory. Manda Brookman from Permanently Brilliant then discussed the need for campaigning and being rebellious in a time of crisis, followed by an opportunity for questions. 

 

The day then saw schools split participants into four groups which travelled around the campus to participate in workshops around Renewable Energy, Textiles, Food Security, Climate Justice, The Green Charter for schools and a Question Time style panel sitting with Prof. Stephan Harrison, Manda Brookman, Cllr Edwina Hanneford (Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Cornwall Council) and Janine Bisson (STEM – Project Co-ordinator Education Business Partner, Cornwall Council).

 

To round up the day all of the schools came back together for a positive speech from Tim Osborne (Service Director for Education, Cornwall Council) and looking again at the three priorities decided upon earlier in the day, which remained strongly agreed upon. 

 

RJ Working were able to attend the entire day, providing a voice for the role of restorative practice within our communities as we face the harms resulting from the global climate crisis, both ecologically and interpersonally. The desperate need for Climate Justice along with ever more Social Justice as a result of climate emergency will be a strong point of focus within our work with young people from West Cornish schools in creating a youth-led conference scheduled to take place in March of 2020.

 

Formalising our primary activities

On 22nd November, the Board of Directors for RJ Working Community Interest Company passed a special resolution to expand our formal organisational objectives, as stated in our defining document, our ‘Articles of Association’. 

Further to our central purpose of building community using Ulster University’s Balanced Model of Restorative Practice, since 2017 we have additionally focused on supporting the development of school communities. The Board of Directors have formally confirmed our activities:

– Serve the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and promote equality and diversity. This includes promoting restorative justice for the public benefit as a means of resolving conflict and promoting reconciliation. 

– Serve the advancement of education, especially in the use of both restorative justice for specific matters and the wider application of restorative approaches in schools and colleges. 

Alongside the capturing of this specific expertise our Board also changed our asset lock beneficiary to Cornwall Community Foundation. We now await confirmation from the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. 

New one day workshop

18th November 2019
With Andrew Lane, author of Race and Privilege in Europe, and Deborah Mitchell of RJ Working, Cornwall based specialist in Restorative Justice.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn together and make local action plans, with films used to stimulate discussion and reflection.
Advance reading will be offered.
Numbers limited.

Book your place here