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Young offenders run tea party for the elderly

PUBLISHED: 10:06 31 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 31 May 2013

Tea party put by young offenders.

Tea party put by young offenders.

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A tea party put on by young offenders was run as part of a series of community reparation projects.

Older people living in Marks Gate were invited yesterday to an afternoon of tea and music with safety advice on hand through the local Safer Neighbourhood Forum.

Through the Youth Offending Service, young people who have received community sentences from the courts were the ones welcoming residents in, showing them to their seats and serving the refreshments.

Similar events in the borough have been run to mix young offenders with older people with the intention of breaking down barriers and building respect between young and old people.

Cllr Jeanne Alexander, who is cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, has praised the scheme, saying: “I think it’s fantastic that young offenders take part in community reparation projects such as this one. It’s a great way for them to pay back to the community and for both generations to get a better understanding of each other, helping to break down some of the stereotypes.”


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