Communities get their payback
Groups of offenders completing Community Payback activity through the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) as part of their sentencing have collectively done over 215,000 hours of service to their local area in 2018.
Working with local organisations and charities, all offenders work as part of a team or on an individual placement and are monitored by a supervisor. Projects include litter removal on local streets, building renovations, environmental projects, redecorating community centres and removing graffiti. Those working individually often pay back through working in charity shops.
John Wiseman, BGSW CRC Probation Director, said: “Community Payback provides a tough, effective and visible punishment and deterrent, requiring people to undertake challenging work while giving some tangible value back to communities that suffer as a result of crime.
“It also provides an opportunity for people to turn their experience into a positive one by picking up new skills that can help them towards paid employment and leading more stable, positive and crime-free lives.”
Projects must always benefit the local community, be challenging and be worthwhile. To nominate a project, visit our Community Payback section.