LifeLines Spring Conference - Saturday 13th April 2019

Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2 3EA Doors open 10.00 am; coffee, refreshments and State Groups from 10.30am.  The conference starts at 11.15am and will finish at 4.30pm.

Whether you have been to lots of LifeLines conferences before, or are planning to attend your first, this event is not to be missed!

LifeLines is delighted to welcome Julie Hilt as keynote guest speaker at the Spring Conference.  Julie is a resorative Justice Practitioner with a wide range of experience.  She co-facilitated the first restorative conference on Death Row in one of America's oldest prisons and facilitated a victim offender education group with adult lifers for two years.  Currently, she runs weekly groups with incarcerated young people and manages a youth diversion programme in the community that has maintained an 85% success rate for two years in a row.

In November last year, she launched a pilot mentoring programme for youth in detention based on London's highly successful XLP (The eXceL Project, which works with young people to help them with their emotional and mental health and wellbeing, in order to prevent youth crime and offer the young people options).  Julie is also the founder of the Alternative Restorative Communities and is very proud to say that 30% of her colleagues are returning citizens (former prisoners).  She is an IIRP (Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively) trainer and is currently pursuing accreditation with the United Kingdom Restorative Justice Council.

Julie is a firm believer in the power of cooperation between people and institutions that traditionally view one another as adversaries or feel they have nothing in common.

"We all have to live in community together," she says.  "Rather than live in fear of each other and board ourselves up, we need to realise that it really does take a village to raise a child.".

In the afternoon there will be another speaker and more talks and discussions on topics of interest to LifeLines members. Very importantly, there will be plenty of time to meet new friends and catch up with old ones, and meet others writing to your state. Conferences are open to everyone and friends and family of members are welcome. However, venue restrictions do not allow the admittance of those under 18, including babies.

The Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre is located off Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street. The nearest tube stations are Shoreditch High St. (3 minutes’ walk), Liverpool St. and Old Street (both 10-15 minutes’ walk). Driving is not recommended, but there are numerous buses, and taxis are available at Liverpool St. station. The venue is fully accessible.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival and in the afternoon. There are cafés and shops close by, or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If you wish to attend, please write to:

LifeLines Conference, 22 The Knoll, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 9DH

by 6th April, with a cheque or PO for £20 per person, made payable to LifeLines, to arrive no later than 6th April. Alternatively, you can make a BACS or PayPal payment using the reference “Conference” - to do so, please contact Nichola Glasse at: nichola@glasse.org.uk. A booking confirmation and location map for the venue will only be given if you send a SAE to the booking address. You will receive a name badge on arrival.

Refunds will not be payable unless the conference is cancelled, in which case all those who have booked will be informed.