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.

Photo (left to right): Will Riley, Marina Cantacuzino and Peter Woolf

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 deal with issues in their own lives, but also building a climate of 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, our bespoke storytelling course 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.

Thank you to our funders