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Halton Housing Customer Engagement Team with Youth Justice Services Team

New gardening equipment for Youth Justice Services thanks to funding

25th September 2020

2 minutes

We have made a donation over £300 to Cheshire Youth Justice Services (YJS) to purchase gardening equipment and tools to help maintain and tidy grassed areas in the borough.

Covering the whole of Cheshire, YJS works with children and young people to help prevent them from getting into further trouble, supporting them to lead a life free from crime and help to reduce crime in the local community.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, YJS’ focus has changed considerably to more outdoor-based work and activities.

The extra money from our Helping Hands initiative will pay for gardening equipment and tools to allow the service to provide support to the community and local council in helping with the upkeep and maintenance of grass verges, play areas and communal spaces.

The new additions to the services will also help occupy and skill young people, involving them in their local area, whilst also fulfilling the court-ordered aim of paying back to the community.

Trudi Hilton from the Restorative Justice Team at Youth Justice Services said: “The funding is an amazing opportunity, enabling safe and closer working between Youth Justice Services, our young people, Halton Housing and local communities. Our young people can gain skills and also payback within their local communities, which is a large part of the supervised Restorative Justice work undertaken. The emergence of COVID has seen a sudden and substantial shift towards safer outdoor work and we are extremely grateful for the help in facilitating this and enabling us to provide a service for communities across Halton.”

Debbie Jameson, Halton Housing Customer Engagement Officer added: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Youth Justice Service who do an amazing job in supporting children and young people. At Halton Housing, we are all about improving people’s lives and our latest donation from Helping Hands does exactly that. Many of our customers will benefit from the service being out and about sprucing up and brightening up areas within our neighbourhoods.”

If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of our Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some TLC, get in touch today for an application form. Simply email or visit the Helping Hands website page for further information.

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