Towards Peace values collaboration and consultation with all who are involved in the healing process – especially those who have been harmed by Church personnel in Ireland. The realities, hopes and insights of survivors of abuse are central to the ongoing development of Towards Peace.
Board – Click here for bios.
The Board of Towards Peace is being developed; in particular it is currently seeking a new Chair of the Board.
The Board currently consists of 12 members – 5 women and 7 men, of whom 7 are lay and 5 are clergy or religious. A survivor of abuse has been a member of the Board since 2016.
Former Board member, Breige O’Hare, currently serves as a Consultant to Towards Peace. Click here for her bio.
Staff – Click here for bios.
Two lay part-time staff are currently employed by Towards Peace.
Towards Peace has established a panel of spiritual companions who are women and men, lay people, religious brothers and sisters and priests – from the Christian tradition. The panel of thirty spiritual companions is dispersed throughout the island of Ireland. They hold a qualification in spiritual direction, a commitment to ongoing specialised training to work with people who have been abused by Church personnel in Ireland, and are in regular supervision. All Towards Peace spiritual companions are members of AISGA (All Ireland Spiritual Guide Association) and abide by the AISGA Code of Ethics.
The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) has three main aims: (1) To offer advice on best practice in Safeguarding Children; (2) To assist in the development of Safeguarding policy, procedures and practice; and (3) To monitor practice in relation to Safeguarding Children. It is funded by the IEC and AMRI. More information can be found at www.safeguarding.ie.
Towards Healing is an organisation that has expertise in providing a compassionate response to adults who have experienced abuse as children. It offers direct services to survivors through a range of counselling, psychotherapy, helpline and restorative approaches. It is funded by the IEC and AMRI. More information can be found at www.towardshealing.ie.
Towards Peace is funded by the Irish Episcopal Conference (IEC) and the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI).