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A community service project in Nottingham is offering the chance for criminals to break the cycle of offending by teaching the offenders bike repair/maintenance skills to enhance their chances of future employment.
The project, which is being run by Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust and Nottingham City Council, is only open to offenders who have been sentenced to Community Payback (community service).
The offenders will restore stolen and discarded bikes that have been recovered by the Police and not claimed by members of the public.
Once repaired by offenders, the bikes will be auctioned off to raise funds for a new cystic fibrosis unit at Nottingham City Hospital.
The bike workshop is being run from Nottingham City Council’s Woolsthorpe depot in Bilborough.
Mark Taylor, from the Nottinghamshire Probation Trust, said the bike workshop was a fantastic partnership initiative that would provide a positive way for offenders to repay the community for their crimes and support a very worthwhile cause at the same time.
“Getting a job is one of the key factors in breaking the cycle of reoffending, and this scheme helps offenders develop essential employability skills such as team working, timekeeping and working to instruction.”
“The work carried out by offenders on this scheme ultimately helps people in a worse situation than themselves.”
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, welcomed the bike project and the partnership between Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust and Nottingham City Council.
“Exercise is key to helping Cystic Fibrosis patients improve their poor lung function, so it’s very fitting that this bike project will help create a much-needed new centre for this special group of young patients. It is especially rewarding to support young people in a project that actively supports rehabilitation.”
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