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.".