A GROUP of young offenders are helping to put a stop to crimes against the elderly.
They are making special doorstops that will act as an extra line of defence for people’s homes in Conwy and Denbighshire.
The initiative has been launched by North Wales Probation Area in conjunction with Community Justice Interventions Wales (CJIW) and the Youth Justice Service.
The doorstops project has been given a kick start thanks to £500 from the Crimebeat fund of the High Sheriff of Clwyd, Henry Robertson.
He said: “I think it’s fantastic. It’s particularly good because not only is it helping people in the community who may find it a little bit difficult to help themselves because of age or circumstance but it’s also inducing the idea among young people to have some vocational skill which translates into helping the community.”
David Brown, a development officer for CJIW, is masterminding the project which involves young people aged between 16 and 18.
He was keen to pay tribute to businessman Paul Simmons who had made the scheme possible by allowing them to use his unit on the HTM industrial estate at Rhuddlan free of charge.
“We teach young people skills and they can achieve Open College Network qualifications in woodwork, health, safety and first aid.
“We are trying to involve them in the design.
“It’s a great way for young offenders to give something back to the community.
“The idea is that you put the wedge behind the door of anybody who needs protection – elderly, disabled or vulnerable people.
“If somebody pushes the door and the safety chain breaks, the door jams on the wedge and it can’t go any further, it’s locked solid. And the only way to release the door is to close it.
“In Conwy county, we will be distributing the doorstoppers in an area that is vulnerable to flooding and they are going to have the Floodline number on as well,” he explained.