On Track Education Services in South Hams encourages #safetyandresilience
After a crime has been committed young adults can get caught in a pattern of re-offending, and once trapped in the cycle it is hard to get out. A lack of education, opportunities and low self-esteem all have an impact and young people who have offended tend to have very little hope for their future.
On Track Education Services works with ex-offenders and young teenagers who have been excluded, or are on the verge of exclusion, from school. The project offers the opportunity to establish a social enterprise business in bee keeping, helping to develop invaluable new skills and knowledge while building confidence and earning an income from selling the honey they produce. This encourages a sense of pride in their achievements while creating hope for the future and a positive path away from offending, helping to reduce the likelihood of crime and anti-social behaviour in the community.
"I was given a chance to make a difference with my life. I now want to go to college and have plans to start my own business. I want to stay out of trouble and know I don't need to make those stupid choices I was making before."
“It is important to us to work with a charity that aims to build safer and stronger communities. With our fund we aim to assist projects that support people at the risk of criminal or anti-social behaviour. Thanks to Devon Community Foundation we are able to achieve this and ensure this money is put back into the community where it belongs.”