Practitioner Restorative Stories
Helen Hussey: My Work with Children
About the Practitioner
The Peace Education Program helps me appreciate being alive It connects me to something deeper. It helps me become aware of my inner strengths, not just my accomplishments or failures.
I face challenges of family, community and Global Warming, like everyone does.
Living consciously involves being aware that I always have a choice, even in rough times, then choosing carefully. to stand on my own two feet.
I am learning to be kind and compassionate to me, as well as to others, particularly when I am feeling vulnerable. I am learning to accept my limitations, then, to walk forward again with hope and courage.
Peace begins with each one of us, from there, I want to share appreciation, kindness, humanity. and gratitude.
One way to make injustice and cruelty less in the whole world, is to make peace much, much bigger.
I'm a human being, warts and all. I have watched participants acknowledge their humanity and feel the joy of being alive.
I have facilitated about 75, ten week programs in the wider Hobart community.
Over the last three years I have been facilitating PEP at Bethlehem House Hostel for Homeless Men. Many of the residents are recently out of prison. It is a short stay facility with a high turn over of men. PEP is well received by the men who choose to participate. They get a laminated Certificate of Participation after ten weeks and their photo to keep.
I mentioned that one of the men would have been coming for 30 weeks the next week. Another man (recently out of prison,) said, " we must celebrate." He bought cakes from the CWA shop for the next week. Residents, Staff and PEP volunteers all enjoyed coffee and cake together. He also received a copy of, the book, "Hear Yourself."
Now there is a second facility for long term accommodation. I have PEP there as well.
I have had many meetings with the Director of Prisons in Tasmania about co-facilitating a 10 week trial of the Peace Education Program in the Women's Prison. Covid, and staff changes have put this on hold. However I maintain a good relationship with him and I am hopeful of this commencing when practicable.
I have recently made a submission to the Legislative Council for their inquiry into Tasmanian adult imprisonment and youth detention matters.
PEP is facilitated by volunteers in over 80 countries and translated into 40 languages. It is in more than 750 prisons world wide.
My background is in Education.
Quite separate to PEP, I have worked with school children on posters for the United Nations International Day of Peace, for seven years. The first exhibition was held at the local Library and opened by the Mayor of Kingborough. We had large sheets of paper and coloured pens for people visiting the library to write or draw their thoughts on Peace. It was up for a month.
For Glenorchy City Council's Safer Communities Initiative I worked on whole school approach to making posters on Peace Is Possible-- Peace Begins With Me. They were simple, about what peace looked like or felt like to each child. These were displayed in the foyer of the council offices, for two months. All of the children received certificates of participation.
I am concerned about Climate and Global Warming and the damage fracking will cause.
I care for the natural environment. I am active in promoting the damage Salmon Farming is doing to Tasmanian waters and the huge amount of Antibiotics fed to the fish, which people eat.
- Volunteer Facilitator
- Public prison system
- Homeless men
- Community centres
- University of the Third Age
- Community Development/Education