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About Why me?
We are a national charity campaigning and advocating for greater access to Restorative Justice for victims in England and Wales. We work with victims, offenders, statutory services, voluntary organisations and Criminal Justice agencies and in 2015 launched our own Restorative Justice Service giving the right to everyone who has suffered as a result of crime to have their chance to talk about what happened.
Why me? was set up by a victim of crime for victims of crime. Will Riley, an Islington businessman, was burgled by Peter Woolf. He met Peter in prison in a Restorative Justice meeting and had the opportunity to tell him how he felt. He challenged Peter and got some answers – his life changed- he could open his front door without fear. Following the meeting Peter went ‘straight’ after years of crime, meaning that hundreds more people did not become victims. This is the power and the potential of Restorative Justice.
Meet The Team
We are a small charity with national reach. Our Board, facilitators and employees bring a wealth of experience both within the Criminal Justice, Voluntary and Social Enterprise sector.
Director, Lucy Jaffé
Lucy ensures that Why me? establishes strategical links with criminal justice agencies and stakeholders and works to develop fruitful partnerships. As a result the organisation is well informed and placed to speak on behalf of victims of all crime types. If you want to know more, or have something to say, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Trevor Watson has joined the Why me? team as the Victim Centred Policy and Campaigns Officer. Trevor is a retired senior police officer from Durham with previous restorative experience having worked with Restorative Solutions and the Restorative Justice Council, ‘His knowledge of national restorative work is an asset to our organisation and will further promote the benefits of restorative practice to the Police and Crime Commissioners’ said Lucy Jaffe, Director of Why-me?
Claire is one of two Restorative Justice Service Coordinators here at Why me? She works to increase access to Restorative Justice for victims of crime; supporting partners to identify cases and managing our excellent team of volunteer facilitators. Claire comes from a background in Government Policy-making and is also a trained Restorative Justice facilitator. If you are a victim of crime or if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator with Why me? then do get in touch.
Alicia runs Why me’s Observer Programme which provides opportunities for senior figures to be present at a Restorative Justice meeting, enabling them to gain an understanding of how effective the process is for victims of crime.
A recent Criminology and Social Policy graduate from Cardiff University. Isabella will be with us for the next four months, supporting all aspects of the organisation, in particular promoting our organisation on social media and providing administrative support to our RJ Service.
Founder, Will Riley
A London-based businessman who founded Why me? in 2009 following his own personal experience of Restorative Justice. Some years ago Will was the victim of an attempted burglary at his home; he confronted the intruder, a fight ensued, and Will handed the man over to the police. The burglar was Peter Woolf, a known career criminal, who has convicted and set to prison for the crime. They met again in a Restorative Justice meeting, to which both men agreed. It took place in Pentonville Prison, and that event changed both their lives. Peter and Will subsequently made a film of their encounter called The Woolf Within.