Restorative Wood Carving Workshop

Last month saw our first Restorative Justice workshop take place at the Tithe Barn in Shirehampton. The wood carving workshops took place on the 6th and 7th October, with 3 older people and 6 younger people attending. 

Over the two days those who attended spent their time learning new skills and working together to create a final product. The younger and older people started by creating a design, and then went on to carve and construct a bench to mark the history of the Tithe Barn. 

The workshop allowed those who attended to not only take part in a new activity, but it also gave them the opportunity to discuss issues that the younger people were having at home or school, and for older people to express problems in their local area. They then between them were able to come up with ways to reduce or resolve these problems. 

One student said, “I felt challenged at the start, but conquered it by the end,” and one of the older participants went on to say “I felt very relaxed and in good company”.

The bench can now be seen proudly sitting in the garden of the Tithe Barn, for all of the community to use. 

To find out about future Restorative Justice Workshops, please contact Susan Kingdon on 0117 353 3042 or email