Youth Offending Service Update: COVID-19

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.

If you need to contact us, please ring our main office telephone 01495 768300 or email us on Youthoffendingservice@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Please follow the Welsh Government Guidelines regarding COVID-19 https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Stay Safe,

Monmouthshire and Torfaen Youth Offending Service

The Allotments

Monmouthshire and Torfaen YOS run two allotment projects, one in Pontypool and the other at Monmouth.

Working at the allotment can have an extremely positive impact on the engagement of the young person, improving their interpersonal skills and practical skills.  The allotments provide a calming environment to work in.  The allotment project is a useful tool for building the self confidence of the young people and gives them empowerment.

Young people have taken pride in the work carried out, preparation, planting and harvesting fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers and it has given them the knowledge and skills to take away with them to help improve their own environment / community , helping them to appreciate and respect their surroundings  and enjoy nature.  Our produce has been used to help out with our community projects within the area, e.g. delivered to old people centres and local youth projects to assist their cooking skills projects etc.

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