Young offenders help with environmental awareness day

Young people who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law are paying back to society by helping run an environmental awareness day.

Leeds City Council’s youth offending service and West Yorkshire Probation are hosting a joint Environmental Awareness Day on Thursday 14 March to promote awareness of green issues amongst staff, service users and the wider community and give people information about how they can save energy at home and at work, recycle and get involved in volunteering opportunities and relevant work experience options with an environmental focus

The event will be held at St Matthias Church Centre, St Matthias Street, Burley Road, between 10.45am and 4pm.

Members of the public are invited to what promises to be a lively event with music, arts and crafts, as well as information on volunteering and work opportunities. There will also be free bicycle servicing which will be carried out by young people who have been learning how to repair and restore bikes as part of a youth offending reparation scheme.

The event will also be a chance to showcase the positive environmental reparation work the young people are involved in including: building steps at Middleton Park; a litter pick and tree-lopping at Wykebeck Valley Park and; environmental and conservation work at Post Hill in Bramley.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“This event promises to have something for everyone. Visitors will be able to pick up some information and ideas about what they can do to help the environment, including learning about volunteering opportunities. It is also an opportunity for young people who’ve been in trouble, to demonstrate to the community that they are willing to make amends and do something practical which makes a difference for everyone.

“These youngsters are often under a lot of pressure to return to criminal behaviour, so by getting involved in positive work in the local community, through the youth offending service, they are provided with an opportunity to do something meaningful and also develop useful skills.”

Organisations which will have stalls at the event are:

Seagulls-recycled paints

Leeds Museums

Slate recycled furniture for sale

Artemis- Lending and learning- art exhibition

Scrap – recycled art workshop

LCC – Park Rangers

Child friendly Leeds

Leeds Youth Offending Service Volunteers

West Yorkshire Probation Service- Community Payback

Groundworks Youth Team- volunteering opportunities and recycling activities.

Green Doctor – Climate change and energy saving advice- book in for a home visit- free home assessment.

Green Future Builders- bird boxes and garden furniture for sale.

Learning light – information on-line waste management courses.

Gender Agenda- information on activities for young women and girls across Leeds.

Bodyshop/Lush – hand massage and health promotion info.

Artforms – wind trio- playing and will have instruments for people to have a go (afternoon only)

FM Radio Frequency – who broadcast on the internet – will be doing their show from the event.

Young people, their families and friends, staff, colleagues, volunteers, family, friends and members of the public are all welcome.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk