Restorative Justice in the Community: Community Volunteers

Recruiting for Community Volunteers in:

Offaly (Tullamore, Birr)
Tipperary (Tipp Town, Roscrea, Thurles, Nenagh)
Laois (Portlaoise)

What Do We Do?

Restorative Justice in the Community (RJC) works in conjunction with the Gardaí and the District Court to provide an alternative way to respond to the harm cause by offending. We work with adults who are referred by the Judge from the District Court for low level offences and the majority of referrals tend to be young males between 18-25 years old, however there is no upper age limit.

Following referral, if the individual is a suitable candidate to proceed with RJC, they attend a Reparation Panel Meeting which is arranged by the caseworker. This meeting is attended by the individual, the caseworker, a member of the Gardaí and two community volunteers.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the offence, the consequences and impact of same, and to help the individual agree a suitable Contract of Reparation, taking the nature of the offence into consideration. A typical Contract will aim to have the individual make amends to the injured party and/or community and also address the issues that lead to commission of the offence.

When the matter goes back to Court after an agreed period of time, the caseworker submits a report to the Judge, on the individual’s performance of their Contract. The Judge subsequently decides an appropriate sanction, taking into consideration the work completed as part of the Contract of Reparation.

Our Volunteers:

RJC is a community-based initiative and is wholly dependent on the goodwill and participation of its volunteers. Two volunteers attend each Reparation Panel Meeting which leads to the agreement of a Contract of Reparation, as outlined above. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. One thing they all have in common is their community spirit and their desire to do good in their community.

RJC seeks to make a positive impact on the communities that it serves. If you are a person who is committed to their community then you could work with us to provide this valuable service in your area.

What's required for this position

Full training will be provided for all volunteers. The most important skills are an ability to listen and empathise in a non-judgemental manner. The role requires the ability to encourage the individual who has been referred from the District Court to take responsibility and make better choices and therefore, a certain level of maturity and life experience is essential.

In addition to this it is vital that volunteers understand that all matters discussed at meetings are confidential and cannot be discussed with those outside of the project.

Hours required: 2hrs+ Monthly

Screening details for this role:

  • Application Form
  • Garda vetting

Age restrictions: Over 25

Please contact Sarah Treacy on 085 8812030 or saraht@rjc.ie with any queries. Application forms are available on www.rjc.ie

Region: 

Offaly, Tipperary & Laois

Expiry date: 

28/06/19

Date Entered/Updated: 

28/05/19