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Workshop Helping Young Offenders Make a Change in Dorset

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8:31am 9th December 2013

Dorset Young offenders are saying sorry by creating some christmas cheer.

The teenagers have been working hard in a workshop to craft wooden reindeer in all different sizes.

Their festive creations are being sold through Poundbury's Garden Centre to raise money for local charities picked by the young offenders victims.

One of the young offenders aged 16 said:

"It's been a useful skill to learn and I hope it will bring a lot of festive cheer to families at Christmas.  It's good to give something back to the community.  I've learnt if you put your mind to it you can create something good out of scrap materials.

The Dorset YOT works with young offenders by preventing offending, reducing re-offending and by increasing victim and public confidence. The idea of community based reparation is that the young person undertakes an activity which will benefit the wider community.  

Clive Hawkins, Manager, Dorset Youth Offending Team said:

"Our young offenders are aged anything between 14 and 17 years of age. This kind of practical, direct community reparation gives them all something to work towards, teaches practical skills and gives the young people something to be very proud of."

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