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Community Payback Order Unpaid Work

Last updated: 12th 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:

Wood workshop: individuals learn the safe use and storage of hand and electrical tools, health and safety in a workshop environment and general joinery skills. Items made are used to improve community areas. Home improvement workshop – individuals learn skills such as surface preparation, painting, decorating, plastering, tiling and mono-blocking and subsequently decorate community facilities. Laundry workshop: collection, sorting and laundering of clothing which are returned to charity shops. Laundering of recycled school uniforms and returned to local charities and family centres. Craft and sewing workshop – hand and safe use of sewing and embroidery machines, soft furnishings are donated to families in need and craft items are sold at fayres with proceeds donated to local charities. Bicycle workshop – repair and maintenance of discarded bicycles which are subsequently donated to schools, families and NLC toy appeal. General squad – individuals participate in a range of environmental projects i.e. ground clearance, landscaping, renovation and construction of play areas, garden refurbishment and canal restoration. Allotment and market garden – individuals learn skills in soil preparation, husbandry, planting and bringing on from seed a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Goods harvested are donated to children’s units and sheltered housing complexes.