Social Care students take part in Restorative Justice workshop

Social Care students take part in Restorative Justice workshop at Ballynafeigh Community Development Association in Belfast.

A group of Social Care Students from DKIT travelled to Belfast recently as part of extracurricular project they have undertaken. The OCR Certificate in Reconciliation is part of the Peace III funded project, Extending Positive Relations and is supported in DKIT by the Department of Business & Humanities. The students visited Ballynafeigh Community Development Association to take part in a workshop on Community Based Restorative Justice. The workshop gave the students an opportunity to discuss with practitioners the benefits and difficulties encountered by both communities using this type of intervention. The panel of practitioner's included members of the PSNI, Alternatives NI, Community Restorative Justice and a Community Garda. After some lively discussion the ladies were given a historical tour of the Ormeau Road culminating in a guided tour of Ballynafeigh Orange Hall which was conducted by District Master Brother Noel Liggett. During the tour Noel engaged the group in open and frank discussion on the Hall and the Orange tradition generally. This year Ballynafeigh Orange Hall will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of its inauguration. The District Lodge has a policy of openness and acceptance of their responsibilities in being part of a shared community. During the last ten years the Hall has been completely renovated and an integral part of the renovation was to display the Order's heritage and its interaction with the diverse community now living on the Ormeau Road and on the island of Ireland.

If you are interested in learning more about this programme please contact Dara Larkin, dara.larkin@dkit.ie. The project is supported by the PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body