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Restorative justice shortlisting

Alyson Halcrow and Clair Aldington of Space2face.

A SHETLAND-based restorative justice and arts project has been shortlisted in the criminal justice category of the Restorative Practice Awards UK (RPUK).

Space2face founders Alyson Halcrow, of the community mediation team, and Clair Aldington are travelling to London later this week to participate in the awards ceremony on Friday.

Restorative justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.

The Space2face project is unique in the UK in that it uses the arts and creativity as part of restorative justice work.

The project has been presented at international conferences on restorative practices in the USA and in Hungary in 2012 and 2015 and to the Scottish National Forum for Restorative Justice at the end of last year.

Part funded by Shetland Arts, Space2face is also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Creative Scotland and a number of local funders.