Conflicts mediation amongst migrants and local com
Peace-building through Restorative Dialogue in the Community, which responds to the increasing demand for restorative dialogue in crime prevention, healing for victims, offenders and ex-offenders reintegration. To promote community healing where hurt and pain may be eased and hope restored.
January 2011 - February 2012
Restorative Justice Initiative (Midlands)
The high level of violence amongst migrants and local communities which reflects a complicated combination of the migrant’s past history and recent stresses -- on -- individuals, and community level. These migrants especially those from war torn countries do have the basic conflicts management skills. Hence, they see violence as the only means to settle disputes rather “mediation”.
By providing alternative methods (Restorative Justice - mediation) of dealing with crime, wrongdoing and conflicts to Migrants and local communities and by assisting migrants to deal with conflicts through mediation. We would also assist migrants to gain an understanding of the Criminal Justice Process and empower them to adopt Restorative Justice/Mediation as an approach in settling disputes and equip community members with the basic conflict management skills (Mediation).
Provide alternative methods of dealing with crime and conflict to migrants and local communities
Activities» Project publicity to migrants' communities, stakeholders, charities and voluntary organisations across Leicestershire
Success will be.. an in-depth understanding of alternative methods of dealing with crime and conflict in a peaceful and amicable manner by migrants
Assist migrants deal with conflict through mediation and understands of the Criminal Justice Process
Activities» Run Seminars and presentations to community groups, charities about the project and its benefits to migrant's population and community at large.
Success will be...migrants understaning the benefits of mediation and the criminal justice process and other community crime prevention strategies
Empower migrants communities to adopt Restorative Justice as an approach in settling disputes
Activities» Advertisement and recruitment of volunteer's mediators from migrants and local population across Leicestershire
Success will be...able to practice restorative justice in their daily appraoch to conflicts and wrongdoing, hence crime prevention and community safety
To educate and train migrants and local community on Restorative Justice, conflict mediation
Activities» Provide training to conflict mediators.- community cohesion and integration-mediation, mediator-criminal justice -philosophy of restorative justice
Success will be...able to use and practice restorative justice principles in their quest to medaite conflcits in within their communites
Promote mediation and community cohesion – hence crime prevention within the community
Activities» Cases will be referred for mediation by other community organisation and the police for mediation by trained volunteers
Success will be...able to undestand the meaning and value of community cohesion and how mediation can assits in biulding a cohesive and strong community for all
Involvement of migrants in conflict resolution contributes to the strengthening of democracy and hence, active citizen participation. Communities will be strengthened by restorative justice and this will contribute to greater informal social control within migrant’s communities and enhance crime prevention efforts.
The success will be demonstrated through monitoring and evaluation systems of continuous feedbacks from the participants, mediator’s reports, and the use of external evaluators.
Lack of funds to complete the project might pose a risk. However, we have put in funding application to other funders to minimise this risk.
Insufficient referrals To avert this risk, we aim to liaise and partner with voluntary and community organisations, the police and youth offending services.
Volunteer dropping out or leaving, we will trained a pull of volunteers to act as mediators (30) to have at least four volunteer mediators at hand ready to mediate cases.
A full report will be made available to donors at an agreed interim stage and updated after every three months. This report will detailed the project progress & challenges, collection and collation of specific information about the project and any changes in the project plan thereto.
Budget - Project Cost: £35,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,000 Rents Office space for mediation £6,000 office equipments £5,000 expenses volunteers & stipens £17,000 salary project manager & adminstr
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Big Lottery £9,700 Conditional
Leicester is City of almost 280.000 people and Britain’s most culturally diverse City. Diversity in Leicester is widely recognised as a positive asset and a defining characteristic of the City. Leicester is a relatively poor city, and the money available for regeneration programmes, has often been allocated in a way that do not reflects the diversity of the city. Hence tensions in the city as different communities compete against each other for resources.
The community will benefit especially young people within the age of 18 and 35 to volunteer and learn new skills. It will help volunteer mediators, victims and offenders to play a more active role in ensuring peace and community safety. It would also lead to greater crime awareness and alternative disputes resolution within the community, and greater community participation in dealing with crime, wrongdoing and conflict.
We have trained 45 Somali young people on restorative justice and mediation as a crime prevention strategy. We are working with organisations to train 100 young people on conflicts mediation and peace building. Currently we are recruiting to train 20 volunteer mediators from migrants and local community population. They will be trained on, Criminal Justice Process, Restorative Justice Principles and philosophies, Mediation and the role of a mediator.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dr Denis Tanfa
Dr Denis Tanfa is a criminologist and the project manager, with experience in conflicts mediation. He will be instrumental in the project life cycle
Ms Asima Ahmed
Ms Asima Ahmed is a law graduate, and will train the volunteers and coordinate the project amongst migrants and their communities
Mr Yusufu Suleman
He will prepared the participants before mediation and keep aand update date base of cases mediated.