An initiative with the Salvation Army in Emerald that has given an offender a chance to give back to the most vulnerable in the community is one of a number taking place, thanks to officers from Emerald Community Corrections.
The offender assisted the organisation with various tasks, including sorting and bagging donated garments, tidying book stands, gardening projects and retail assistance, all while under supervision.
Emerald Community Corrections district manager Larissa Stewart said the initiative had allowed the individual to develop a routine and increase their self-esteem and empathy.
The positive work habits had helped the offender transition back into a workplace.
As well as successfully completing their supervision order, the individual has continued to volunteer their time on a regular basis.
Emerald Community Corrections also supports the community through the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre, so far donating 50 knitted beanies made by offenders who are unable to attend community service project sites due to location, disability or parental requirements.
DM Stewart said the beanies were completed by offenders under supervision by using knitting looms made by a 3D printer, kindly donated by Emerald Christian College.
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