EX-OFFENDERS, recovering addicts and adults with disabilities will help refurbish the Museum of Oxford.

Workers with Blackbird Leys-based social outreach company RAW have been recruited to help revamp the attraction at Oxford Town Hall.

The team will also assist with a major redevelopment in Floyds Row to create a new homeless shelter.

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RAW will work with Oxford City Council's construction and maintenance firm Oxford Direct Services (ODS).

City council cabinet member for 'customer-focused services' Nigel Chapman said: “I very much welcome this partnership.

“RAW is an amazing organisation providing inspiration where otherwise there would be none.”

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He added: “ODS and Oxford City Council are committed to promoting sustainability and reducing inequality. Working with RAW mirrors both organisations’ values by supporting the community, tacking inequality and producing products made from sustainable materials.”

RAW’s managing director, Rick Mower, said: “We’re a driven and competitive social business.

“We trade against other organisations like any other company in the market. The difference is that we also create life-changing opportunities for people and drive better environmental outcomes.”