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Ex-offenders training in Thorpe St Andrew to get back to work

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 March 2015

Former offenders, Mark Jackson, left, and Derek Campbell, right, residents of the House of Genesis, help to dig and turf the Acorn Pre-School garden at the Dussindale Primary School. With them, from left, Chris McNeill, of the Renaissance scheme; Caroline Ellett, Pre-School assistant; and Donna Myall, the Renaissance scheme and manager of the House of Genesis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Former offenders, Mark Jackson, left, and Derek Campbell, right, residents of the House of Genesis, help to dig and turf the Acorn Pre-School garden at the Dussindale Primary School. With them, from left, Chris McNeill, of the Renaissance scheme; Caroline Ellett, Pre-School assistant; and Donna Myall, the Renaissance scheme and manager of the House of Genesis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

Ex-offenders are being given a chance to get back into work and make a difference in their community.

‘Renaissance’ aims to give these people skills and confidence to join the job market again.

It is part of a scheme by Donna Myall, manager of a hostel for those coming out of prison, The House of Genesis, and her builder partner Chris McNeill.

Saturday saw the first project carried out at Acorn Playgroup on Dussindale in Thorpe St Andrew.

With the guidance of Mr McNeill, 30, the team rebuilt the garden with turf donated from City Garden Service, a herb garden donated by Thorpe Plant Centre, and the top soil delivered and donated by Bailey’s of Norfolk.

Miss Myall, of Dussindale, said: “As we grow we are aiming to work closely with bigger organisations in our community and hope to grow our company to allow ex-offenders a programme to come out to and feel proud of.”

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