South Worcestershire IOM (Integrated Offender Management) @sworcspoliceiom sent a tweet asking for donations of plants and equipment to help one of their members turn an overgrown patch of land into a garden.
The IOM do a fantastic job and if you’ve not heard of them before, they are a cross-agency government team to help reduce offenders re-offending. They provide assistance in many ways such as accommodation and housing, mental health advice and counselling, nutrition/food advice, social interaction, education and financial support. By having systems in place as soon as the offender leaves prison, it reduces the likelihood of them reoffending – which is good for the community and the offender.
Styling Homes and Gardens responded to the tweet and offered a few plants, but when DC Zoey Carter sent a follow up email to arrange collection, it became apparent that more than a couple of plants would be needed!
DC Carter explained that homelessness is a massive problem for offenders but they have managed to secure an IOM shared house which is provided by a very kind local landlord and managed by the Crime Reduction Charity NACRO.
One of the residents in the house is an 18 year old lad who hasn’t had a great start in life and unfortunately it led to crime. He expressed a wish to address the rather overgrown and unruly garden at the house and his bedroom window also looks out on the garden.
Styling homes and Gardens was really happy to help and donated various perennials and bedding plants to help turn the patch of dirt into a welcoming space to nurture and enjoy.
The photo is of Detective Inspector Stu Murphy collecting the plants from Styling Homes and Gardens earlier today.
If anyone else can donate any tools, plants or gardening items, please contact DC Carter via email [email protected] – everything will be gratefully received.