Talking Piece is the official podcast of NI Alternatives, a community based restorative justice organisation in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The podcast focusses on the impact restorative justice and restorative practice has on the people who access our services. www.alternativesrj.org
Talking Piece S02 E09 Havening
Episode 18 of the Talking Piece podcast focusses on mental health. Greater Shankill Alternatives has been providing access to a technique called havening that aims to help people deal with trauma's they have faced and work towards reducing the impact of anxiety that comes through them. We hear from 3 participants all with very different issues they have faced and they talk with our resident therapist Emmett about their experience with havening. Each one had a very different thought process about this but they all experienced positive results from their sessions with Emmet. We are glad to be able to share these stories with you and we want to say a massive thank you to Emmet and the three participants for sharing their stories.
It is our hope that if someone listens to these and needs help that they feel inspired and encouraged to reach out and get the support they need.
If you live in any of our office areas then please get in touch with us and we will help in any way that we can.
All of our office sites contact details are on our website www.alternativesrj.co.uk
Or please reach out to us via our facebook pages Alternatives RJ
Talking Piece S02 E08 STARS:Sea Change
Episode 8 of Season 2 finds us in conversation with Stephen and Alan from the STARS programme - Talking about the impact of restorative practice training and application of restorative skills and thats transforming individuals and their connection within their communities.
It's great to hear stories like Alan's and how learning about restorative practice and putting it into practice has had an impact on his life and on the programme he runs, Sea Change.
Join us on the next episode when we look at other ways we have been supporting people within our communities at Northern Ireland Alternatives where restorative practice isn't just a way of doing things, its a way of life.
Talking Piece Season 2 Episode 7 BUILD
Episode 7 finds us in conversation with Billy Drummond and other partners in the BUILD (Better Understanding in Local Development)Project. Looking at some of the development issues faced by the Greater Shankill community and how this project seeks to address them.
Talking Piece S02 E06 - STARS - Jonny & Stephen
Episode 6 finds us in conversation with STARs workers, Jonny Armstrong and Stephen Hollywood, talking about the work of the STARS project, the impact that it is having on participants and how participants are living out restorative values in their personal lives and within the wider community.
Talking Piece S02 E05 LCJP Documentary
This episode finds us in conversation with our friends at Longmont Community Justice Partnership, talking about their documentary "How to love your enemy", We are joined by Kathleen McGoey, Dan Sidders and Matt Battalgia talking about the reason behind the documentary and the success RJ has been in their community and specifically the relationship LCJP has with local police.
The documentary can be found here:
Here is what Free the People say about it on their website:
Longmont is a city in Colorado that tries a different kind of justice system, powerful enough to transform a broken system of mass incarceration in the United States. Instead of locking up non-violent offenders, these advocates focus on the challenging but rewarding process of individual responsibility, forgiveness, and redemption that radically shifts our idea of justice and our part in it.
Free the People created this original documentary film and it was the winner of Best Feature and Best Director at Front Range Film Festival and was selected at numerous other film festivals across the country, then postponed due to COVID-19. Free the People is releasing the full film ahead of schedule to join the conversation happening about police violence and racial disparities in our justice system in the United States. “How To Love Your Enemy” is an emotionally compelling story about real people working to make things right, and a tutorial for other communities looking to restore faith in their justice systems and law enforcement. Co-directed by Sam Martin and Matt Battaglia.
Talking Piece Season 2 Episode 4
To celebrate restorative justice week we are releasing a special episode of the podcast that finds us in conversation with James Simon the CEO of Restorative Justice Council UK. James has a long history of implementing restorative practices within schools and shares how he was introduced to restorative practice, and the story of that first implementation in school he was head teacher at. He then goes on to share about how he became involved with the RJC.
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