The Forgiveness Project collects and shares stories from both victims/survivors and perpetrators of crime and conflict who have rebuilt their lives following hurt and trauma.
Founded in 2004 by journalist, Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project provides resources and experiences to help people examine and overcome their own unresolved grievances. The testimonies we collect bear witness to the resilience of the human spirit and act as a powerful antidote to narratives of hate and dehumanisation, presenting alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice.
At the heart of The Forgiveness Project is an understanding that restorative narratives have the power to transform lives; not only supporting people to move on from harm or trauma, but also building a climate of tolerance, resilience, hope and empathy. This idea informs our work across multiple platforms – in publications and educational resources, through the international F Word exhibition, in public conversations, and our award-winning RESTORE prison programme.
The stories of forgiveness on our website demonstrate that forgiveness is first and foremost a personal journey, with no set rules or time limits.
We are a secular organisation sharing stories from all faiths and none.
RESTORE is The Forgiveness Project’s award-winning, intensive group based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards desistance from crime.
RESTORE achieves this through a highly skilled facilitation team that includes both victims and perpetrators of crime.
The Forgiveness Project has nine years of experience in delivering RESTORE within the Criminal Justice System, reaching 3,300 participants inclusive of 185 prison officers.
The Forgiveness Project believes that resilience, compassion and understanding are key to developing a sense of our shared humanity. Children and young people have the ability to bring about change through developing new perspectives and putting their ideas into action.
We aim to support schools and educators to empower children and young people to explore forgiveness, justice, empathy and compassion through the sharing of real life stories.
Our Education Resources are for young people aged 14+ to explore forgiveness and related concepts through a range of activities.
The F Word exhibition is available for hire and provides additional stimulus for students, staff and parents to engage in further dialogue, critical thinking and creative response around forgiveness in the community.
The Forgiveness Project storytellers are available to talk in person during assembly or within class time.