Young Offenders

Vegetable GardenJealott’s Hill Community Landshare (JHCL) creates a positive environment for young people who had previously committed offences to make amends for their offending behaviour and the harm caused as a result – within their local community. This method of making amends is often referred to as ‘reparation’.

Whilst making reparation to their local community, JHCL provides these young people with the opportunity to discover interests and personal skills that may lead to increased employment options or simply find a new hobby. Time spent in the extraordinary gardens can be calming, stimulating, rewarding and educational.

It can also provide physical exercise which in turn can alleviate stress. Beyond the physical, there are many other health benefits to gardening:

  • Development of social skills – often leading to social inclusion and rehabilitation
  • Somewhere peaceful to escape to, helping restore a sense of balance and wellbeing
  • Promoting a healthier diet – if you put the effort into growing fruit, herbs and vegetables you are more likely to eat them and reap the rewards.

Reparation at Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare has for many, gone far beyond complying with their court order. The unique and natural setting has offered brand new experiences which have been inspiring, educational and thought-provoking.

Reparation Supervisors have told us that the young people under their supervision have felt comfortable and at ease at Jealotts Hill, due to the non-judgmental attitude of the management and other volunteers on site.

For some this has been an eye opening experience which has led to a newfound appreciation of country life, enjoyment in doing something for the benefit of others, a sense of community involvement and taking part in practical work. Some young people have even expressed an interest in staying on in a voluntary capacity.

Youth Offending Service’s Reparation Supervisor – “David is excellent at talking to the youngsters and explaining things to them”Vegetable Garden.

If you would like further information about this project or about volunteering as a Reparation Supervisor for young people, please contact David Putt, Project Manager.