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Community Payback Order Unpaid Work

Last updated: 1st July 2024


Where the order contains an unpaid work or other activity requirement an individual must undertake unpaid work for a specified number of hours in the community. This should have a focus on reparation and providing a clear tangible benefit to the local community. It may also include requiring the individual to take responsibility for their own behaviour by spending time, through the “other activity” component of the requirement, on developing their interpersonal, educational, and vocational skills to support long-term desistance from offending.

Further Information:

General work groups take place across the region. Personal placements can be agreed to meet the needs of the service users. Unit-based projects (joinery, art, craft), home working when no other options are available for a variety of reasons. Specific groups are available for light duties dependent on the need.. A women’ only group is available when resources/staffing allow. Skills learnt and developed. Reparation to local community. Involvement in structured, pro-social activity with links to local community. Team working skills developed; Sense of achievement when individual tasks and overall project completed with positive feedback from project recipients. Unpaid work bases: • Annan • Dumfries • Castle Douglas • Newton Stewart • Stranraer – Unpaid work can include: • Environmental projects – beach cleaning/litter picking. • Gardening/Horticulture • Restoration and redecoration – joinery workshop/outdoor refurbishments. • Art and cooking projects. • Personal placements – charity shops/voluntary organisations. • Lighter duties groups – reduced daily hours or lighter activity. • Blended Learning packs – written packs on range of subjects. • Online learning/training – certified courses available. • Council placements – Unpaid work gives some people the opportunity to experience working life for the first time, giving them the confidence to look for work.

More information is available at Community Sentences – Dumfries and Galloway Council (