Getting the right tools

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Bunnings youth Joondalup Community and Youth Engagement Unit.

The lives of four at-risk youths have been turned around thanks to a pilot program run by Bunnings Mindarie and officers from the Joondalup Community and Youth Engagement Unit.

The six-week program introduced the youths – who have records including stealing and antisocial behaviour - to basic trade skills including the correct use of various tools and basic construction techniques with spectacular results.

In every case offending was drastically reduced – setting the youngsters up for a future which doesn’t involve the criminal justice system.

Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator Sergeant Sharon Powell said the boys built a cubby house which was raffled off for a charitable cause, potted plants, made planter boxes, wooden toys, mosaic tiles and tea light holders.

“At the end of the course, they were presented with a tool belt, tools and a certificate,” Sgt Powell said.