The Youth Justice Agency acknowledges support providers

Reparation Providers who work with the Youth Justice Agency (YJA) Southern Area office are pictured with their certificates of appreciation
Front: L-R Nathan Wilkinson (Helping Hands), Marion Jamison (REACT), Peter McVeigh (Bushcraft Centre), Michael Heaney (Assistant Director YJA), Harry Hughes (The Cabbage Patchers), David Ginesi (Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project) and Jordan Ritchie (Portadown Football Club)
Back: L-R John Darragh (YJA), Eddie Magee (Bushcraft Centre  Kinnego Marina), Ursula McGivern (YJA), Imelda Hughes (The Cabbage Patchers) and Caroline Dawson (YJA)]
Reparation Providers who work with the Youth Justice Agency (YJA) Southern Area office are pictured with their certificates of appreciation Front: L-R Nathan Wilkinson (Helping Hands), Marion Jamison (REACT), Peter McVeigh (Bushcraft Centre), Michael Heaney (Assistant Director YJA), Harry Hughes (The Cabbage Patchers), David Ginesi (Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project) and Jordan Ritchie (Portadown Football Club) Back: L-R John Darragh (YJA), Eddie Magee (Bushcraft Centre  Kinnego Marina), Ursula McGivern (YJA), Imelda Hughes (The Cabbage Patchers) and Caroline Dawson (YJA)]

The Youth Justice Agency held a reception on Monday 21 November to thank Reparation providers in the Craigavon, Banbridge, Armagh and Newry areas and to acknowledge the valuable work undertaken by these partner organisations in supporting young people through the provision of reparation placements.

The event which took place during Restorative Justice Week 2016 and was hosted by Portadown Football Club, a current Agency reparation provider, provided an opportunity for guests in attendance to hear at first hand the experiences of some of those involved in reparation – from a community perspective and an Agency perspective.

Reparation work encourages young people to make genuine efforts to make amends for their offending behaviour while also helping to restore broken relationships within the community. This is done by encouraging the young people to engage meaningfully in the placements and to support them to undertake the reparative activities as part of their statutory orders.

All of the partner organisations in attendance were presented with certificates of appreciation to acknowledge the valuable support they provide to young people.

Michael Heaney, Assistant Director of the Agency’s Southern Area Team said: “Our reparation providers deliver a valuable service within the community and I would take this opportunity to pay tribute to each and every one of them for their support and commitment in working with our young people throughout the year. We are extremely grateful for their assistance.”

Jordan Ritchie, Community Relation Liaison Officer of Portadown Football Club said: “As a representative from Portadown Football Club I would like to thank the Youth Justice Agency for organising the reception and for the other partner groups who were in attendance. We are very grateful for the service and support we received, to help reconcile and understand young people.

“The reception was an excellent event and it was great to hear success stories from around the community. We look forward to working with the Youth Justice Agency in the future”

The Youth Justice Agency is always on the lookout for new reparation placement opportunities and any prospective providers can contact Michael at its Banbridge office for further information: Telephone: 028 4062 9158 or e-mail to michael.heaney@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk

For more information on the Youth Justice Agency you can go to: https://www.

justice-ni.gov.uk/topics/youth-justice