“I want that lightbulb to go on for every young person when they’ve finished their reparation; for them to say ‘I’m never doing this again’.”

CANW’s Reparation service helps young people aged 10 to 17 who’ve committed an offence pay back their local community.

Whether they’re making a direct apology to a victim or carrying out unpaid community work such as growing fruit and vegetables for local homeless charities or helping out elderly people with their gardening, CANW offers youngsters the chance to try again, to avoid a criminal record.

We also look at wider issues (education, housing, drugs, anger management problems), which may be affecting their behaviour so we can offer the support needed to help keep them out of the criminal justice system.

Reparation aims to make young people aware of the consequences of their actions, and to educate and up skill them so they can build a life beyond their offence.

If you would like more information contact 01254 692709

Case Study

“It looked like he was just another kid who was caught with cannabis. But it turned out he’d been on the streets for 6 weeks”

When he turned up to help on the allotment after being found carrying drugs, his reparation worker was glad he’d turned up in suitable clothes. It turned out they were the only clothes he had. 

He’d argued with his mum about her drug taking and she’d thrown him out. He’d been living on the streets for weeks and hadn’t eaten for 3 days. The address he gave the police was a crack den. He was 16 years old.

CANW helped him get cleaned up and fed and found him fresh clothes. His mum had been claiming full benefits for him to feed her drug habit, so CANW arranged an emergency loan from the Job Centre, found him somewhere to live and got him enrolled on a sports science course at a local college. 

Then, through Family Support, we started to help his mum – she needed to come off drugs so she could support her son. She broke the habit and now he’s back home and looking forward to the next step after he finishes college.

Text CANW06 £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate to this service and make a difference today. JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

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