A school playground which has been transformed by young people on a ground-breaking community reparation scheme has been unveiled by Lancashire’s Champion for Young People, County Councillor Mark Perks. Councillor Perks visited Euxton Primary School to see the work carried out by young people as part of our Custody Triage Scheme. Around ten young people worked at weekends and after school hours to carry out woodwork and grounds maintenance to the school garden, including cutting back branches, creating a raised trough filled with herbs and, perhaps most challenging of all, designing and making an octagonal bench for students to sit on. The project came about after the Councillor Perks awarded us a £1,200 grant to develop the service with a particular focus on helping young people and communities in Chorley. Our service, which operates across Lancashire, diverts 10 to 17 year olds who have committed low level crimes away from the criminal justice system by offering them the chance to take part in community reparation schemes. Many of the young people who’ve contributed to the work on Euxton Primary come from the local community. Trevor Hannon, who coordinates the Custody Triage Scheme said: “The opportunity to work on the garden at Euxton Primary has hugely benefitted the young people who’ve taken part. They’ve gained a real sense of worth and achievement from helping to put the garden together and seeing how what they’ve created will benefit the local community. “We’re delighted with the outcome and we’re now hoping to work with Euxton and some of the other schools in the area on a more long-term basis.” Commenting on the work carried out by the reparation team at Euxton, Councillor Perks said: “It’s wonderful to see what the young people working at the school have achieved. “CANW’s custody triage service gives young people the opportunity to make amends for their offences and feel part of their community by undertaking work which makes a real difference to others in the area where they live.” Nick Ward, headteacher at Euxton Primary added: “We’re really impressed with the work CANW has carried out at the school. Their contribution to our sensory garden will make a real difference to staff and students’ enjoyment of the space and we very much look forward to welcoming young people on the custody triage scheme to carry out further work in helping us to develop the garden.” The custody triage service works with youth offending teams from Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council.