Giving something back – community work worth £1.3m

OFFENDERS carried out nearly 220,000 hours of Community Payback work worth £1.3miilion to communities in Sussex last year.

Community Payback is work carried out by offenders as part of their sentences and enables them to give something back for the crimes they have committed.

Surrey and Sussex Probation trust’s first Community Payback annual report outlines the kind of projects undertaken and the number of hours worked by offenders in 2010. Over the year 1,524 offenders successfully completed Community Payback orders.

Sonia Crozier, chief executive of Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust said, “This report clearly shows the enormous contribution made by offenders working on Community Payback to communities across Surrey and Sussex.

“Last year our work was inspected by Ofsted and they focused on how well we enabled offenders to develop their skills while undertaking Community Payback. This is important as we know that if an unemployed offender gets into work then they will become more reintegrated into society and the likelihood of their re-offending will be reduced.”

The projects range from single placements with small voluntary organisations to large groups undertaking conservation work and clearing up eyesores in town centres.

Individuals and organisations can nominate projects which they would like Community Payback to help with. The beneficiaries of the projects are surveyed regularly and report a high level of satisfaction with SSPT’s work.

The report looks at a number of case studies which highlight particular projects carried out by Community Payback for the probation trust in Surrey and Sussex.

Organisations and individuals can nominate projects through www.surreysussexprobation.gov.uk