Nominations wanted for Payback scheme

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 December 2010

Weston recreation ground, Drove Road, launch of community payback by probation service.

Weston recreation ground, Drove Road, launch of community payback by probation service.

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CLEARING rubbish, scrubbing graffiti or hacking back undergrowth – some tough jobs, but help could be at hand from some unexpected sources.

These are the type of jobs tackled by offenders ordered to carry out unpaid community work as part of court sentences.

And the Community Payback team which manages the workers is appealing for members of the public to nominate projects which need completing in their neighbourhoods.

A spokesman said: “Examples of these projects are often charities who provide services for the community halls, clubs and residential. They would need to be not-for-profit organisations.

“Community Payback is a tough and visible consequence for offenders who have committed a crime.

“All offenders doing Community Payback are screened to assess the risk they may pose to the public, and they are closely supervised by professional staff at all times.

“This is a punishment which aims to support offenders developing skills which maybe transferable to the work place.

Projects can be nominated by logging on to www.avonandsomersetprobation.org.uk

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