During our many roles in the London Inner City we have provided an outreach service for the Lambeth Youth Offending Service. Our outputs for the service have been working with the Reparation (low to medium end offenders) and ISS(medium to high end offenders), using food growth, design, implementation, carpentry, and public art for services in the community, that may not have the funds to provide these for themselves.
We work with the young offenders to instil protocol and positive transferable skills as well, a service to the sites that we working with, to a contractual standard.
Four years ago a teenage Portuguese boy was put into our programme due to gang association. We could immediately see that he was very talented art wise, and showed great promise during the hours that he served with us. When he finished his reparation hours we invited him to stay on and work with us when and if he could, and to develop his skills to a positive use.
During his work with us over the years, he has designed and built numerous food gardens over several boroughs. He has worked under supervision with recipients with differing mental health issues, the over sixty fives, young offenders, youngsters not in employment and not in education, corporate employees, the local authorities, and the general public in the areas that we are based, to name but a few.