The Restorative Justice Team
The current Restorative Justice team consists of 10 RJ Co-ordinators, a dedicated Police Inspector and Sergeant and a dedicated Project Manager. Our RJ workers are based in a number of locations across Birmingham at various locations such as Pioneer Housing, West Midland Police Stations and Pioneer Group Office in Castle Vale.
Inspector Imran Mirza
Inspector Mirza leads the pan Birmingham partnership team under the portfolio of preventative, problem solving and demand management and has responsibility for.
- Licensing for Birmingham
- Design Out Crime Team for the force (crime prevention)
- Crime and ASB team
- Restorative Justice team.
Inspector Mirza is also leading on some work supporting the West Midland’s Violence Prevention Alliance which has a number of projects some of which can be intrinsically linked to the world of RJ.
In addition to this there is some academic research being conducted around hate crime with Birmingham University with an emphasis on using RJ to resolve hate crime issues as this is about long term problem solving and having positive outcomes which change a person’s perspective and behaviour to influence others.
Inspector Mirza has aspirations to link RJ with all areas of business, there is real opportunity in working with hard to reach groups from different religions, faiths and nationalities, there is also great potential in using RJ in schools and empowering young people. The possibilities are endless and this project hopes to unlock some of the barriers to making RJ accessible for all and truly help victim satisfaction.
All organisations are welcome to submit any suggestions around how we can incorporate your work into RJ such as victim support, referrals to other pathways for instance mentoring and coaching and so on.
Restorative Justice is not just about having a conversation, it’s more than that and together we can really make a difference.
As Project Manager, I have 12 years of experience and working knowledge in criminal justice, my drive for this project is to make a positive difference, through shaping and emedding Restorative Justice at a strategic level, locally and regionally.
My role involves working in partnership with West Midlands Police, key criminal justice agencies and housing associations, to plan and deliver Restorative Justice. The multi agency working approach ensures links with key partners towards supporting victims to cope and recover, both short and long term.
The team promote highly safe practice and the impressive numbers of referrals and conferences is a response to both prevention and intervention, for victim support and reducing re-offending.
I am Police Sergeant Michele Birch, currently working as the police supervisor on the Birmingham Restorative Justice Service. I have been a police officer for over 23 years and have enjoyed a variety of roles within the Police however I must admit to this being my absolute favourite of them all! I initially joined the team as a co-ordinator and so I learnt Restorative Justice conferencing from scratch over 3 years ago and fell in love with the power of RJ within a couple of months being on the team. I have truly never seen any tool that we have within the Criminal Justice system that gives a victim as much satisfaction, or an offender such empathy for their victim. I genuinely know that RJ can change lives and have seen this happen before my eyes on a number of occasions over the years.
I am immensely proud of my team and the partnership that we have with Birmingham Social Housing Partnership means that we can prevent duplication amongst the various services such as Environmental Health, Housing and Police and one organisation can deal with a case on behalf of all three. The partnership goes from strength to strength and we are still developing our service to incorporate other criminal justice agencies in order to improve the service offered to victims of crime and ASB.
I am Leonie Kelly, RJ Coordinator with the Birmingham Restorative Justice Service. I have been employed by Midland Heart Housing to work on the team since June 2015 and have 5 years’ experience in restorative work. I manage RJ cases that have been referred in from both housing organisations and West Midlands Police and the majority of my work on the team has been delivered across the East and North areas of Birmingham.
I first heard about RJ when I was at University in 2011 and my interest in restorative work has continued to grow ever since. My personal experiences of being a victim of crime are what make me passionate about working with other victims of crime and anti-social behaviour on a daily basis. I believe victims need to be heard and I have seen the difference Restorative conferencing can make to a person’s life and their ability to move on from difficult experiences. I feel fortunate to be part of a service that helps to make that difference.
I am Anita Wheeler, a Restorative Justice Facilitator with the Birmingham Restorative Justice Service.
I joined West Midlands police as a PCSO in 2005, becoming a Police Constable in 2006. I initially became involved with Restorative Justice early in my Policing Career and have used restorative processes throughout my Police service, initially delivering my work on the North area of Birmingham. Since joining this team in summer 2015 the majority of my work is delivered on the North and East areas of Birmingham.
The role of a Restorative Justice Facilitator is extremely rewarding. The conferences bring closure to participants with cases ranging from anti-social behaviour, neighbour disputes and victims of crime. Empowering those affected by incidents and behaviours, enabling them to move forward via achieved mutual outcomes between all involved.
I am currently employed by Midland Heart as part of the Restorative Justice Service. I do this job as I am very passionate about Restorative justice and believe that it is a great tool to create better communities for us all. My previous experience of working in various sectors including Mental Health, prison service, youth homelessness and housing management, have given me a vast array of experience which enables me to deliver the best possible service in my current role as Restorative Justice Facilitator.
I am PCSO 30250 Dave Mogridge currently on secondment to the Pioneer Group Restorative Justice Team. I volunteered for this role because I strongly believe that Restorative Justice can improve people’s lives.
I am Annie Yorke and have worked for the BRJS since October 2016. I am a Restorative Justice Facilitator covering the East side of Birmingham. I have served as a Police Officer for West Midlands Police for over 10 years with the majority of my service on Neighbourhood Policing. I have witnessed first-hand how a simple problem can escalate, resulting in an impossible and apparently unsolvable situation. This can cause a huge amount of stress for all those involved and make people’s lives unbearable.
I trained as a Level 2 RJ facilitator several years ago whilst on Neighbourhood Policing and thrived on helping victims to overcome and ultimately resolve their issues. I utterly believe in the principles of restorative work and the fantastic results that can be achieved. I am passionate about RJ and I feel very privileged to be in a position where I can empower our communities to heal the harm that has been caused and to move forward, living happier and more peaceful lives.
I am currently a Police Officer on the Restorative Justice team. I have previously worked on the offender management team who specialise in managing the behaviour of the most prolific offenders in the Birmingham Area of the West Midlands Police Force. I do this role as it empowers victims of crimes, gives them the chance to meet those that have caused harmed and it gives harmers the opportunity to repair harm that they have caused.
I am a part of a team that tries to help resolve: neighbour disputes, anti-social behaviour and/or crime through restorative intervention, with the intention of helping participants find a positive way forward. I am proud to be a Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, which gives me a unique opportunity to help individuals resolve issues before more serious events occur, with the potential to criminalise them. My roles allow me to try and help improve people’s lives, and often, their homes and neighbourhood.
I am currently part of the Birmingham Restorative Justice Team working as a Restorative Justice Co-ordinator. As a team we currently deal with ASB cases, noise nuisance and crime (inc hate crime), we meet those that have been affected by crime and assess their suitability for an RJ conference, providing support throughout the process. Having worked in RJ in a previous role I have seen the difference RJ can make in people’s lives. I enjoy being a part of a service that helps transform the lives of individuals and communities for the better.
In my role with The Birmingham Restorative Justice Team I am eager to support my colleagues in making a difference to the lives of people within our local community who are victims of crime and complex Anti Social Behaviour.
I previously worked in the customer hub of a housing association and regularly listened to customers who were victims of ASB and crime, I naturally tried to provide a first time resolution by liaising with their neighbours or taking other measures in an attempt to help them come to a resolution.
Going forward I hope that with my varied background and energetic personality I can bring a positive contribution to the team and look forward a bright future within the RJ team.