Youth offenders give back to their community

TWO youth offenders have given back to their community by helping to spruce-up Wath Park.

The pair, both aged under 18, spent the day laying flagstones there to help make the pathway more stable for those who use it.

The park, which covers almost 11 hectares and is situated just off Moor Road, is a central hub for sport and recreation in the area.

Willmott Dixon Partnerships, which provides a repairs service to council houses in Rotherham, organised the event.

Michael Pearson, Willmott Dixon Partnership’s Customer and Community Officer. said: “The two young people who took part in this particular project were very enthusiastic and were well received by our staff on the day.

“Community work is an important part of Willmott Dixon Partnership’s ethos and through working with the Youth Offending Service, we hope that we can encourage young people and help them realise they can make a positive difference to their environment.”

Other projects that have formed part of the reparation process have included gardening at an elderly person’s home, dog walking for Rotherham Dog Rescue and assisting the local fire service with general maintenance of equipment.

Jo Stanley, a reparation officer for Rotherham Youth Offending Services, said: “Young people take part in these projects as a way of reimbursing the community for their offences and are supervised at all times.

“We believe it is a great way for them to learn how to respect and engage with their own surroundings and they often take something very positive away from the experience.

“The majority of young people we work with thoroughly enjoy the community projects and have a great attitude towards the work.

“We see it as an important step in their personal development and rehabilitation process.”