Young People Who Offend ‘Make Good’

28 January 2016 Posted by

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Youth Offending Service are always seeking new opportunities for young people who have offended, and are then required to carry out Reparation Activities.  This is about looking to repair the harm they have caused and it may be directly for the victim of their behaviour or, to the community itself.  Typical work includes helping out at animal sanctuaries, in charity shops, beach cleaning, the National Trust, Age Concern etc.


However, with the bad weather a continual problem one of the volunteers who works with the Service has come up with an indoor woodwork project. Mr Peter Letheren (pictured below) is a retired tradesperson who works with the young people to make bird boxes and flower planters which are then donated to charities and sold on.  Currently based in the West of the county it is hoped that a similar project can soon be developed in the East.

Mr Letheren bought the tools and bench using money from a charitable fund and the project uses treated timber which is kindly donated by Mr Bedford of Penstraze Sawmills. Plans were downloaded from the internet and the young people make the products over several sessions.  Mr Letheren said “this project allows our young people to do something for charity whilst learning patience, co-ordination and general woodworking skills.”

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