Dishing up new future

MP Yvonne Forvargue dropped in to Worsley Mesnes Community Centre to have lunch with the Community Payback team
MP Yvonne Forvargue dropped in to Worsley Mesnes Community Centre to have lunch with the Community Payback team

LOCAL MP Yvonne Fovargue visited members of a Wigan community payback team as they prepared meals for an over-50s club.

Members of Greater Manchester Probation Trust’s community payback team cook two-course meals, serve the food and tidy-up at Worsley Mesnes over 50s club.

Offenders also have the opportunity to learn cookery, first aid and hygiene qualifications.

As well as the Makerfield MP, representatives from the National Careers Service, Campaign for Learning and Training2All also attended.

Ms Fovargue said: “It was fantastic to see the luncheon club in operation, it is at the forefront of encouraging offenders by providing training and the opportunity to learn new skills to help them back into the working environment, leaving crime behind.”

Jane Frappola, Community Payback Officer, said: “I am delighted MP Fovargue has visited the club and met with offenders and the beneficiaries who attend. “The club is in the heart of her constituency and not only does it provide a social lifeline for many of the attendees, it also supports the rehabilitation of offenders who are paying back for the crimes they have committed.

“The beneficiaries are extremely appreciative of the work the offenders put in, they tell them so and talk about things they did when they were young.

“For some of the offenders, receiving this sort of praise and positive interaction can help them see a different side of life and be a key element in their rehabilitation.

“I am also thankful that the project is being supported by the European Social Fund and Mick Taylor at the Wigan CVS.”

Any businesses who are interested in offering work experience to offenders at the club should email jane.frappola@manchester.probation.gsi.gov.uk