From offending to success
Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service has recently introduced the ASDAN Activities Award as a way to recognise the achievements of young people undertaking Community Payback activities.
Young people subject to Court Orders must carry out reparative activities that go some way to repairing the harm caused by their offending. Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service uses the Activities Award Short Course to recognise the young peoples’ efforts in this respect.
One young person has recently achieved the award whilst carrying out volunteer duties for the Lakelands Day Care Hospice Charity Shop in the County. She received her award from Northamptonshire volunteer panel member Jackie Middlewood, who said “it is really satisfying to see a tangible outcome such as this award, which recognises the difficult journey young people make in turning their lives around. Restorative Justice plays a major part in Youth Justice, as well as supporting the concept of putting something positive back into society, and ASDAN Awards are an important way of recognising this. For the majority of the young people we work with the award will be the first recognisable achievement they earn through their own efforts.”