Current Reparation Projects
Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service (DCYOS) are involved in a number of current projects which they supervise with young people who have offended.
Many of the items which have been made by the young people during their reparation sessions are sold. The money raised is donated to charities which are often chosen by the victim. There are two workshops used across Dorset. One based at East Howe, Bournemouth and the other based at Monkton Park, Dorchester.
As part of their reparation, young people who have offended had been working in the DCYOS woodwork workshop at Monkton Park. There they create log reindeers for Christmas. All the materials had been recycled and the logs were donated. This is a very successful project and is repeated year after year.
Other items created and sold throughout the year such as bird boxes, tea light holders, cakes. The bike project raised a further amount for charity.
The project has received good publicity in the past. There have been features in the local paper, mentioned on local radio. It has even appeared as a short film by the BBC Spotlight team. If you would like any further information about these very popular reindeer, please contact us.
As part of reparation young people help restore bikes to a decent condition and donate them for good causes. In some cases the bikes are sold to raise money for charities requested by victims.
Bikes are donated to the YOS by members of the public or the police from their unclaimed stolen bikes. We are currently looking for donations of ladies and gents adult bikes. If you have any which are no longer required and they are in a repairable condition, why not contact us. We can come and collect it for our project.
Spring plants and holders
During Spring, young people make plant pot holders using recycled wood during their direct reparation sessions. They have previously been creative by using donated horseshoes for the handles which gives them a unique style. They have also created hanging baskets which have been sold and the money raised donated to charities chosen by victims. In the past this has included Help the Aged and a local community village charity.
The woodwork workshop offers the opportunity for young people to complete their reparation. Making a variety of items including bird boxes, bat boxes and insect logs. In the past these have been donated for conservation purposes across the county. For example to Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset Environmental Services.
Other projects have also been organised, for example the making of horseshoe coat hangers, tea lights and Christmas Reindeer. These are either donated to charities to sell or sold to raise money for charities.
On site at Monkton Park we have a garden project. This includes a poly tunnel whereby young people completing reparation can plant and grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. These are then sold to raise money for local charities. Some are donated to elderly care homes and local causes, for example a pre-school garden.
Off site gardening is also completed as part of reparation at locations throughout Dorset. Working in church gardens, elderly care homes, day centres and community schemes. Young people have also carried out gardening directly for the victim.
Having a fully functional kitchen has provided opportunities for young people to complete reparation hours by cooking and making a variety of foods like cakes or soup.
Where possible we use produce from the garden project in the recipes. The produce has been donated to day centres for the elderly for their afternoon tea. Some is donated to local causes or sold to raise money for charities.
All staff supervising young people each hold a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health certificate.
Conservation within the Dorset area
Young people either work on organised work days or projects. These are allocated by Dorset Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and Dorset County Council's Coast and Countryside Service. These have included removing cotoneaster, an invasive plant, from Tout Quarry on Portland. This ensures Portland stone sculptures remain clear and undamaged.
Young people also pull pines and carry out shrub clearance at various locations.
Litter conservation within the Dorset area
Where possible, litter is recycled and the rubbish is taken to the tip by the young person and supervisor.
Contact details East Dorset
Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Bournemouth Learning Centre
Telephone: 01202 794321
Contact details West Dorset
Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Telephone: 0300 123 3339