On 19th March 2020, the Welsh government imposed measures to help to stop the spread of Covid-19. Due to this, we have had to close the Youth Offending Service office at Mamhilad House.
Staff are continuing to work from home mainly, but are completing face to face to contacts where necessary on the basis of risk and safeguarding (using social distancing), for Court Duty, Appropriate Adult requirement and urgent administrative duties. Our telephone lines have been re-directed so that Business Support can answer all calls, if anyone needs to contact us.
Young people and their families involved with the Youth Offending Service have all been contacted. Plans have been put in place to continue with their Court Orders, Out of Court Disposals, Community Resolutions and Prevention interventions safely whilst ensuring that appointments, reports and safeguarding are continuing despite the different format.
Our service has adapted by increasing the use of technology, being pro-active and creative to deliver a service to support young people and their families/carers during this time. For example, virtual panels and meetings have been taken place.
Monmouthshire/ Torfaen YOS have been asked to help maintain a recognised commemorative gravestone within the community.
This grave is of a Lucy Jane Saint, who was injured in WW1. She was sent to Boscombe Military Hospital in Bournemouth but died while serving with QMAAC on 27th Oct 1918 age 23 years. Historians had been trying to trace her grave and it was eventually traced and found under a mass of undergrowth and brambles.
The War Graves Commission service have cleared the walkway to and around the grave. They have asked for our assistance to maintain the ground to ensure an easy pathway at all times, for visitors. This grave is of great interest locally, to historians and the war office. Young people on unpaid work have gained skills helping to maintain the pathways at the back of St Michael’s church.
The project has sparked a great interest with the young people who have been eager to learn more about the project , its history , WW1 , Poppy day etc. They have taken pride in this project and the community.