Over the last eighteen months, Bolton’s young offenders have paid their debts to society and raised money for charity by making and selling greetings cards.
Around 30 young people have got creative as part of their order to repay society after committing an offence, making high-quality cards to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. The group has even taken on special requests for events such as weddings.
As well as spending time doing something beneficial to the community, the young offenders were taught about the work of the different charities that they could choose to support through the card sales, eventually choosing to donate £250 to Children in Need.
The cards have been sold to visitors to the youth offending team, as well as to large groups of workers at places such as the council and the Magistrates’ Court. All are clearly labelled explaining that they have been made by young offenders in Bolton and that the proceeds go to charity.
The group is run by a long-standing community volunteer, who takes responsibility for getting all the materials, providing the designs and overseeing weekly session with the young people at the YOT.
Although a donation has now been made to Children in Need, the group will be continue to make cards, and be informed about more charities that they may wish to donate their profits to.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “By learning about the various worthy causes, the young offenders are able to find out about people in considerable difficulties around the world, and give an extra focus to their reparations.
“By doing this project, the young people are able to repay their debts to society, as well as learning a new skill.”