The event was attended by 80 staff, volunteers, service users, partners and dignitaries. The event started with a tour of the IOM team, a meet and greet with the people we have been working with and an opportunity for HRH The Princess Royal to meet our team of staff and volunteers.

The Princess Royal was most interested in the challenges we faced, but most importantly the reach, scope and impact of our work. In talking with our service users and team it was clear that The Princess Royal strongly believed that victims should have the right to choose if restorative justice is right for them and professionals should not be making these decisions for them.

Following meeting the team HRH The Princess Royal had the opportunity to watch our new promotional film for the first time. The film was incredibly powerful and guests commented on what an impact it had on them and how determined they were to go back to their agencies and make sure restorative justice is on the agenda. After the film The Princess Royal met groups of partners, practitioners, commissioners and victim charities who we work with locally in the main room. The room had a great relaxed vibe and afterwards The Princess Royal commented that she had enjoyed this about our event.

The formal proceedings included HRH The Princess Royal unveiling a plaque and saying a few words. HRH The Princess Royal's words were very much in favour of our service and acknowledged how far we had come to extend the service across such a large area. The Princess also paid attention to the fact that we do not exclude certain crime types from our work, which she was pleased to hear. The Princess also had a strong message around the importance of preventative work, which although not always measurable, is essential for a safe society. The event concluded with speeches from John Hamblin - CEO Shekinah, Alison Hernandez - Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Supt Daniel Evans - Head of Criminal Justice and Custody Devon and Cornwall Police. The speeches were in strong support of our work and the impact of restorative justice on our communities. The event finished with a networking lunch which included our very own Make Amends cupcakes.

The event was brilliantly attended and strongly praised. A fantastic event and great celebration of how far we have come and where we are going.