• Second award for Restorative Gloucestershire
  • Organisation works to rehabilitate offenders
  • Also provides support for victims
  • Funded by PCC Martin Surl

A Gloucestershire organisation which brings victims and offenders together through a process called restorative justice (RJ) has won another national award for its pioneering community work.

Becky Beard and Eric Sherwood with the Dedication to Restorative Justice Award

The team at Restorative Gloucestershire last night (Thursday 19th November) received the Dedication to Restorative Justice Award from the Chris Donovan Trust which works with schools and communities to reduce gang violence and was founded by the parents of gang-attack victim Chris Donovan.

Restorative Gloucestershire also won the Police Support Volunteer Team of the Year at the 2015 South West Region Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards.


Beck and Eric receiving the Police Support Volunteer Team of the Year Award

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, who provides funding to Restorative Gloucestershire said,

“Restorative Justice is a key element of the Police and Crime Plan. It plays an important role in getting satisfaction for victims and rehabilitating offenders.  

“It would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of all the staff and volunteers who thoroughly deserve recognition for their work.”

Restorative Gloucestershire supports people who have come into contact with conflict in the community with a view to rehabilitation. It provides opportunities for victims to tell offenders the impact of their crime and for offenders to make amends.

Restorative Gloucestershire Manager, Becky Beard said,

“This year we have dealt with a number of very complex and sensitive cases including GBH, attempted murder and murder. I am proud of the team and delighted their hard work and dedication has been recognised once again.”