Offenders stay on to help charity
A innovative project has had help from offenders on probation to set up their new premises in Exeter's Swan Yard.
The Exeter-based Turntable project, which helps provide furniture for vulnerable people, currently has several people on probation helping out.
Probation worker Laura Greenhill said: "At the moment we have three people doing unpaid work placements at the project, five individuals doing employment, training and education work, and a further three people who were previously on probation but have continued to volunteer since completing their orders.
"As well as helping with furniture collection and delivery, the volunteers have helped with setting up the new premises, painting, building, sorting out the office and new computer system. Two volunteers help run the office and admin and one is helping with health and safety policies and other matters."
The project is already having a positive effect with one former volunteer, who had been on probation, being employed by Turntable.