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Lunchtime Talk Series Continues with Tim Newell (former Prison Governor) - ‘Taking People Seriously: Responding to need through restorative practice’

I was a prison governor for 38 years, with the last ten governing Grendon and Springhill prisons. Grendon is a unique therapeutic community prison for people who have committed serious crimes. Springhill is for people coming to the end of long and medium term sentences and preparing for release in open conditions. Both would be considered partially restorative in the model of three circles.

Since leaving prison I have worked with various restorative practices including:

  • being a facilitator for restorative conferences with the Thames Valley JRC project, 

  • with Quakers in Britain developing Circles of Support and Accountability in the Thames Valley - the first place to establish them, 

  • founding and developing  Escaping Victimhood -  providing experiential workshops for families bereaved by homicide,

  • supporting the community chaplaincy - New Leaf - mentoring those leaving prisons and returning to the Thames Valley.