~New RJ Co-ordinator joins Calm Mediation

Calm Mediation warmly welcomes Finlay Wood to the team as he takes up the key role of Restorative Justice (RJ) Co-ordinator.

Fin brings to Calm considerable experience in restorative practice from within the Prison Service, where as a chaplain he has been helping to deliver the Sycamore Tree programme encouraging prisoners to understand the impact of their crimes and to take responsibility for their personal actions, and from mental health services where he has been involved in pioneering restorative practices among staff and patients.

Fin says: “Calm Mediation has a very strong reputation in restorative justice so I am delighted to take on this role. With my existing experience and networks in the field, I hope to build on that reputation and create new partnerships which can reach more people with the opportunity to engage with RJ. I also look forward to getting to know Calm’s team of skilled volunteer facilitators who deliver our Lottery-funded restorative justice service.”

Fin takes up the reins from previous post-holder Fiona Turner who has led Calm Mediation’s RJ service for 14 years and been instrumental in establishing it as a leader in the field. Fiona is leaving Calm for a voluntary sector post closer to her home on the south coast.

Director of Calm Mediation, Corinne Rechais says:

“We are fortunate to have found someone who matches his predecessor’s commitment to the transformative power of restorative justice. We are keen to explore new directions for our RJ service and Fin is very well-placed to help us do that.”

Fin’s post is part-time and he will be working Monday to Wednesday at Calm. Fiona will remain working at Calm for two days per week during a short hand-over period.