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Young Offenders Help School Clear Graffiti - 03.08.09

Camden Junior School has a new Olympic theme painted mural covering its once graffiti-riddled sports hut as part of a project to help youth offenders 'give something back' to their community.

The school has for years had to constantly repair and repaint their sports hut in Mill Lane due to break-ins and graffiti. 

As part of their work in the Carshalton Central area, the Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) agreed to re-paint the school's graffiti covered sports hut. 

Children from the school submitted their designs for an Olympic themed painted mural to cover the four walls of the sports hut and several images were

chosen.

The Carshalton SNT asked Sutton Council's Youth Offending Team (YOT) whether young people currently the subject of court orders, particularly

those with graffiti or criminal damage offences, would do the work of painting over the existing graffiti on the hut and replacing it with the mural designs.

For several weeks, the SNT met up with the young people selected by Sutton Council's YOT and supplied them with paints, paint brushes and the mural

artwork designs.  Under their supervision, the young people worked on Saturday mornings, until the project was completed. 

Sutton Council's YOT Reparation service works in the local community, organising young people's court ordered community work in a variety of

locations and organisations throughout the borough.  These projects are based in schools, churches, youth centres, furniture factories and sports

initiatives alongside many others locations in and around the borough.  The young people are fully briefed on the work that they are to undertake, which

gives them an opportunity to repair the damage done to the community by their offences and allows them to 'give something back'.

Denise Birkett, Headteacher of Camden Junior School says: "The hut looks great and is no longer an eyesore. Hopefully those involved with the painting

can see a positive result from their creative skills and will no longer graffiti".

Cllr Tony Brett Young, Executive Member for Young People says: "This project highlights how the council's Youth Offending Team and The Safer Neighbourhood Team are working together to help young offenders use their skills and do something positive for their community."

Nina Santiago, Sutton Council's YOT Reparation Coordinator says: "The Youth Offending Team's young people really worked hard on the project for

several weeks and got a huge sense of achievement when it was completed.  Many of the young people welcome the opportunity to carry out unpaid

work in the community.  They acknowledge their own responsibility in the offences committed and recognise that the reparation projects are their chance

to personally and directly make amends for their offending behaviour".

Last updated: Wednesday, 05 August 2009

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