FAQs

What does RJI offer migrants and local communities?

Our trained mediators offer mediation services to those in conflicts and activities that are of interest to victims, offenders and the community at large.

What is Restorative Justice Initiative?

Restorative Justice Initiative – RJI – community voluntary organisation committed to providing Restorative Justice/Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation) to local and migrant’s communities, victims and incarcerated offenders.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a facilitated, constructive negotiation process for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. It is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation or violence. It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control of the outcome.

What is the role of a mediator?

Mediators will play a neutral role as they attempt to help you resolve or better manage your dispute. They do not “take sides with either party.” Their job is to assist you in understanding one another and in reaching agreements. To do this, they establish ground rules and ask questions (usually to one person at a time). The mediator, having no power to impose a solution, can refuse to start mediation if he thinks the substance of the dispute is unsuitable for mediation. He can refuse to continue when he believes that the parties cannot reach a solution or are not seriously trying to reach a settlement.

What sorts of conflicts/crimes cam RJI Mediate?

We mediate cases of minor crimes and conflicts amongst migrants and local community members.

I would like further information, what should I do?

We are very glad that you are interested in RJI and the work that we do. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

I want this service for a specific community, neighbourhood, city or town what should I do?

Please contact us and we will aim to discuss your requirements in further detail.

When can I get in contact with you?

We are usually available between the hours of 10am and 4pm. However, if those times are difficult for you, we will endeavour to correspond at times more appropriate for you, or we can email or write to you in order to avoid the difficulty. We always have vacancies available for volunteers. For more information please see http://www.rji.org.uk/joinus.html