Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Painting the town blue (a one off!)

Off to North Baddesley first thing to talk to some of the community service "volunteers" who were redecorating the Baddesly changing facilities. Paint provided by B & Q as part of their community grants scheme.
It was clear that community service is not a soft option but what struck me was that quite a few of the people I spoke to thought that prison did nothing to help people rebuild their lives but with community service some of the people were able to hold down a job and support their family. As the community was also gaining a newly decorated sports facility it is clearly a "win win" and something to be thought about by the "lock em up and throw away the key brigade"