Improvement plan for youth service base

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AN OFFICE which works with young people to help put them on the track to better behaviour hopes to upgrade its building.

The Youth Offending Service has applied to Sunderland City Council to alter the ground floor of its base in Lambton House in High Street West in Sunderland city centre, along with new partition walls, lights, power and heating systems.

The application, which is yet to be decided by planners, states the organisation also wants to install new internal security measures, a CCTV system and alarms, along with new floor coverings and redecoration.

The service works alongside a host of organisations including The Bunker music and arts studio, Sunderland Volunteer Mentoring Service, Barnardo’s and the Safe Weapons Project as they work to reduce the risk of offending and steer young people clear of trouble.

The building has previously been used as a pub with a concert room on its first floor and has been extended in the past.