Apr 14, 2021

Light at the end of the tunnel

Dear Friends,

For the last few weeks, life here in the UK has been slowly opening up - visits to families and friends, shops and restaurants opening. There is caution but great hope that we might soon be able to return to work in the 'real world'.

For the moment though we have been continuing our work online. Most recently as part of our Prison Chronicles series we held a conversation with Phill Iveson, a former staff member of HMP Parc in Wales. He talked with Sandra Barefoot from The Forgiveness Project about the power of vulnerability and sharing your story, the importance of compassion and knowing that, 'there by the grace of god go I'...

Our final talk in this series is this week with Jason Grant who will be talking with Sandra about identity, collective and systemic trauma and how sharing your story can sometimes do more harm than good. You can find out more on this and all our events here

If you are a professional interested in learning more about our model then you may be interested in our course, Working with stories of lived experience – the transformative power of storytelling. A new course designed to explore approaches and perspectives relating to forgiveness, restorative narratives, shame and resilience. Dates for the summer course will be posted shortly. 

Thank you so much for all your support through these very difficult times - the work wouldn't be possible without you. 

Warmest wishes,

The Forgiveness Project Team

Feb 22, 2021

Continuing our work under lockdown

Due to the ongoing pandemic we are still unable to deliver RESTORE in HMP Eastwood Park.

We have instead been continuing our series of online events called the Prison Chronicles to bring the work of RESTORE to the outside world. 

So far we have spoken with Marian Partington, Anne-Marie Cockburn, Siobhan Jackson and Jacob Dunne, about their experiences of RESTORE.

More events are planned in the next month so do keep an eye on our website for updates.

You may also be interested in The F Word our podcast series that examines the complex, messy, gripping subject of forgiveness. In each episode Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project, talks to a guest who despite having experienced great pain or trauma in their life has found a way through.

Some have forgiven those who’ve harmed them, others are grappling with forgiving themselves. Not everyone is able to forgive. Not everyone has made complete peace with their past.

But all those featured on the show display a strength that has grown out of vulnerability and they all bear witness to the human search for meaning.

Listen here via our website or wherever you get your podcasts.

We look forward to working with the women in HMP Eastwood Park as soon as we are able but in the meantime we’ll continue our work as best we can online.

Thank you so much for all yout support for our work and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Take care and stay safe,

Warmest wishes,

Rachel

rachel@theforgivenessproject.com

Dec 16, 2020

Adapting to an uncertain world

Like everyone else the pandemic has meant that we have had to completely rethink how we work while we remain socially distanced.

The first phase of our adaptation work has been piloting how we can support and connect with people with the same depth, integrity and impact we would do in our face-to-face interactions. As part of this we launched two new programmes:

The F Word Podcast: A new podcast series that examines the complex, messy, gripping subject of forgiveness. Some have forgiven those who’ve harmed them, others are grappling with forgiving themselves. But all those featured on the show display a strength that has grown out of vulnerability and they all bear witness to the human search for meaning. 

‘…they offer raw and often unexpected examples of what forgiveness can look and feel like in practice. Gripping, moving stuff that’s sure to stay with you.’ – Stylist Magazine 

The Prison Chronicles: A series of online events exploring the work of our RESTORE prison programme. In conversation with our storytellers, former prisoners and prison officers this series reveals an unexpected world where the line between victim and perpetrator becomes blurred and where telling your story can save you from it. 

‘This is without a doubt one of the most valuable, stimulating and moving "webinars" I have ever attended. There was not a moment in that hour that I was not deeply engaged (which is not at all normal for me when it comes to Zoom).’Prison Chronicles Feedback

We very much hope that at some point in 2021 the F Word exhibition can go back on tour but until then we hope these talks provide new perspectives, understanding and hope for now and the coming year.

Thank you so much for all your support for our work.

Season greetings and warmest wishes from all the team at The Forgiveness Project

 

 

 

 

 
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