Building Faith Communities through RJ
As part of The Portsmouth Mediation Service (PMS) initiative to help build the city's Faith Communities through Restorative Justice, a Conference for the Muslim community in Portsmouth is being held at the Jami Mosque on Sunday the 29th January.

Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. This is part of a wider field called restorative practice.
Steve Rolls form Portsmouth Mediation told the News "one of the key spheres in the city life of Portsmouth is the Faith Community. Within this group there is of course much diversity, but there is also lots of common territory where various groups can engage with each other and come together for the sake of the wider community. We have over recent months been contemplating a conference to help strengthen and equip faith communities through restorative pathways and practice. Our vision for this project is to initially host a conference for each of the main Faith Groups in Portsmouth. Last year we hosted a conference for Christians in Portsmouth and now we are very excited with this forthcoming event with our Muslim friends.
Asked about the reason and purpose behind these Faith events, Steve added that we believe this project will help promote greater awareness of resolving conflict through Restorative Pathways, it will help Identify opportunities to train and equip people of faith to become RJ facilitators and highlight the opportunities for people of faith to volunteer their skills outside of their religious setting. Also importantly it will provide the chance for people of different faith and none to work together for a Restorative Portsmouth.
Muhammad Muhi Uddin the Iman of the Jami Mosque said "I have recently trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, the new skills I have gained will help me in my role. I am very excited to see our wider community have this opportunity to explore the benefits of a Restorative approach"
Portsmouth Mediation Service recently celebrated its 20th year anniversary at a special event hosted by The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. The organisation has been serving the people of Portsmouth by helping to facilitate resolution and reconciliation to local neighbourhood conflict and disputes. Its vision to work for the peace and prosperity of a Restorative Portsmouth recently received a boost with the award of the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).
Jon Collins, the chief executive of The Restorative Justice Council, said:
“I would like to congratulate Portsmouth Mediation Service for successfully completing the RSQM. This is evidence of their ongoing commitment to delivering the highest standards in restorative practice.”
The RSQM is a badge of quality that guarantees that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice which meets the six Restorative Service Standards. Portsmouth Mediation Service join other RSQM awardees – in sectors ranging from criminal justice through education to care – delivering high quality restorative processes.

Published Janaury 16th 2017

Helping to build Portsmouth Faith Communities through Restorative Justice

Next event - 29 January 2017 at The Jami Mosque, Portsmouth

Our vision for this project is to initially host a conference for each of the main Faith Groups in Portsmouth. The purpose of this would be;

Promote greater awareness of resolving conflict through Restorative Pathways
Identify opportunities to train and equip people of faith to become RJ facilitators
Promote the opportunities for people of faith to volunteer their skills outside of their religious setting.
Promote the opportunity for people of different faith and none to work together for a Restorative Portsmouth.
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