I’m interested in being a volunteer

What does a Restorative Justice Facilitator do?

Put simply, Restorative Facilitators ‘facilitate’ dialogue between a victim and their offender, to give them the chance to communicate. This could be, for example, by arranging for them to meet in person, where you’ll conduct a carefully managed conversation between them. Alternatively, it could just involve relaying written or verbal messages between them.

You’ll prepare both parties by visiting them several times to establish a trusting working relationship. This will give you the chance to understand them, and their needs and priorities. Throughout the process, you’ll remain alert to any risks, and offer them the chance to meet only when you consider it safe to do so.

You’ll work alongside colleagues from the Police, Courts, Prisons and Probation and will also handle cases on their behalf. You will work with a variety of issues, from neighbourly disputes and anti-social behaviour, to low-level crime such as shoplifting and criminal damage, to more serious crimes as your experience grows.

What’s in it for me?

Our facilitators find the role extremely satisfying and rewarding. Some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy include:

  • Recognised qualifications, and access to training and ongoing development.
  • Enhanced career prospects, and access to new job opportunities.
  • Skills and experience that will enrich you personally and professionally
  • New relationships with a rich network of friends from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Challenges that will stretch you, build your confidence and foster personal growth.

What’s more, you’ll be supported at every step of your journey by encouraging peers, mentors and supervisors who are committed to your success. Above all, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference.

I’m interested – what do I do next?

If you live or work in County Durham or Darlington, call the Restorative Hub on 0300 003 1818 or email: volunteer@restorativehub.org.uk