NICE WORK: Madison and Samantha Dewitt with Gemma Crowe at the cubby donated to Ipswich Community Youth Service.
NICE WORK: Madison and Samantha Dewitt with Gemma Crowe at the cubby donated to Ipswich Community Youth Service. Rob Williams

Youth Justice kids building cubby houses for community

YOUNG people from Ipswich Youth Justice Service are turning their lives around thanks to a program designed to teach them new skills and benefit the wider community.

Groups consisting of those currently engaged in community projects with Youth Justice are building cubby houses from scratch and donating them to organisations around Ipswich.

The most recent recipient of one of the handmade creations was Ipswich Community Youth Service (ICYS) .

Amanda Margerison, service manager at ICYS, said they were thrilled with the generous donation.

"The program empowers the kids and gives them skills and confidence to continue a trade," she said.

"When Ipswich Youth Justice Service approached us we jumped at the opportunity.

"We often work with parents here who have their little ones with them and there's not a lot of space to play.

"Now we can meet with parents outside while the children enjoy the cubby."

One 17-year-old who took part in the program attended the cubby's grand unveiling and said it was great to see his hard work come to fruition.

"It feels pretty good," he said.

"It was my first time doing anything like that.

"We did painting, sanding and carpeting and it took six months from start to finish."

The teenager said he was already working on the next cubby, which would go to Ipswich Hospice.

Ms Margerison said ICYS planned to use the new play house for their parenting young people playgrounds next year.

"Last year we supported over 700 people and many of those were families," she said.

"It's amazing. The program supports young people and that's what we're all about."



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