What is Restorative Justice?
The Restorative Justice Service in West Berkshire is managed by the
Volunteer Centre using professionally trained volunteer facilitators.
When is Restorative Justice an option?
It may be used and helpful for neighbour disputes, bullying,
anti-social behaviour and low level crimes. One or both parties must
live in West Berkshire.
You will meet, on your own or with someone you trust, two Restorative
Justice Facilitators. Their job is to hear your story, find out how it
made you feel and check whether anyone else was affected. Only then do
you need to decide whether you are willing or able to meet with the
How does it work?
Referrals may come from a variety of organisations such as the
police, the Youth Offending Team, schools, and housing associations.
Individuals can also refer themselves.
The meeting gives people affected by the actions of someone else the
opportunity to have a greater voice by asking those responsible any
questions they may have. You can explain how the behaviour has affected
your life and give the person responsible a greater understanding of the
harm they have caused. The person causing the harm gets an opportunity
to respond to anything you may say or ask. The meeting will then seek an
agreement as to what can be done to make things better so that everyone
involved can move on positively with their lives.
The agreement reached at the meeting will be recorded and a copy
given to the parties involved. After the meeting the Service Coordinator
will check that the agreement is carried out. For example, this may be
an apology or it may be work to repair the harm.
For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for
this service please contact: the Volunteer Centre in the first instance
and ask for the Service Coordinator on 01635 49004, or
This service is independently managed by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire.