Council seeking ideas for offenders

IDEAS are being sought for community projects in Hartlepool that young people who have committed offences in the town can carry out to help make amends.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s Youth Offending Service oversees the Reparation Project, which involves young offenders aged between 10 and 18 doing a range of supervised unpaid work which benefits either the victims of offences or the wider community.

Leigh Wedge, the Youth Offending Service’s reparation officer, said: “During the summer months we arrange a lot of work in community areas, such as repainting public seating and removing litter from beaches.

“However, during the winter months these outdoor activities are limited by bad weather and the dark nights, so we are looking for suitable new projects to undertake over the winter which will benefit the community.

“Previous winter work has included, for example, painting the interiors of community centres, cleaning indoor areas and helping with the preparations for charity events such as setting up stalls.

“The projects give the young people the opportunity to make amends for their offences and to start to make a positive contribution to the community.

For more information, please contact Leigh Wedge on (01429) 284329 or email: leigh.wedge@hartlepool.gov.uk