Make Amends is delighted to announce they have been awarded Registered Service Provider status (RSQM) by the Restorative Justice Council. Alongside having their service accredited, several Practitioners have received their accreditation, and their training provision has been successfully awarded too.  

2018 saw Make Amends first awarded the RJC’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). Achieving this status again demonstrates their continued commitment to delivering high quality restorative practice to nationally agreed standards. 

Make Amends, a project of Shekinah, is commissioned by the Office for Police & Crime Commissioners (OPCC) for Devon and Cornwall to provide Restorative Justice services and support to people who have been affected by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or harm caused by the actions of others.  

During the registration process, the team worked incredibly hard to submit evidence and describe procedures and processes which were then independently assessed against the RJC’s Registered Service Provider Framework which sets out how restorative service providers should work. The same also applied for their training provision.  

As part of their Service Provider Registration, six practitioners were also assessed and delighted to confirm that Aisa Withey, Rebecca Rushton and Jenna O’Connor have been awarded Advanced Registered Practitioner status. Alongside this, Charlotta Gare, Eleonora Russo and Gemma Leeming have been awarded Intermediate Registered Practitioner status. Supporting the service’s Registered Practitioners is a team of over 12 trained and dedicated volunteers.  

Jim Simon, the RJC’s chief executive said: 

“I would like to congratulate Make Amends (Shekinah) and their Registered Practitioners for this achievement. Being awarded Registered Status demonstrates their commitment to providing high quality, safe and effective restorative practice. Those accessing restorative justice services can be confident they will be supported by highly experienced and skilled practitioners” 

Lucy Evans, Service Manager – Make Amends commented: 

“The team continues to work incredibly hard to repair harm caused to those affected by crime. I am proud to be a part of such a passionate group of people, and to have their efforts recognised at this level is a huge achievement, both at a service and individual level” 

Aisa Withey, Operational Lead for Make Amends said: 

“Achieving Registered Service Provider and, for our staff, Registered practitioner Status is a really special moment for our team and our service. We will continue to deliver our safe and professional practices across Devon and Cornwall with pride.” 

Soo Brizell, Senior Partnership Manager for Victim Support said: 

“We are delighted to be working with Make Amends who through their RJC accreditation have shown their commitment to delivering important restorative interventions to people who have been harmed by crime. High quality services are vital in helping victims of crime cope and recover, and we would like to thank Make Amends for their hard work in delivering their restorative justice service for people across our area.” 

You can find out more about Make Amends by visiting their web pages here.  You can also contact them via email makeamends@shekinah.co.uk or by telephoning 01803 222033. Follow them on social @makeamendsrj