Community Payback Order: Unpaid Work
Interventions suitable for
Young people and Adults
Programme Title and Provider
Unpaid Work provided by South Lanarkshire
Unpaid Work by Action for Children
Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available
Workshops on a range of areas including woodwork, maintaining bikes, joinery, horticulture, cookery, and knitting are delivered from this base. Remote unpaid work has involved creating safety blankets from crisp packets. The products from these initiatives are distributed to a range of settings including foodbanks, homeless projects and residential care facilities for adults and children. Unpaid work in the community involves restoring and improving the greenspace to support safe and healthy outdoor living spaces. Activities focus on restorative work in areas such as parks, forest areas and walkways throughout South Lanarkshire.
As part of other activity, employability workshops are facilitated from unpaid work to support service users back into employment. Wellbeing nurses also attend to support service users to access the health supports they require.
A wellbeing work pack has also been developed to ensure service users welfare needs are fully attended to.
Action for Children support our 16–25-year old’s, in acquiring skills for employment in for example building, hairdressing and cookery.
SACRO have an educational gardener who has supported service users to acquire skills in horticulture.
Personalised placements are also provided for service users who struggle in group settings. Placements have been offered in a range of charity shops throughout South Lanarkshire.
Service users report being more confident and ready for employment due to improved confidence, knowledge, and skills. Possible improvements in mental, physical health and wellbeing due to having had support to access services to address welfare needs.
Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention
Social workers completing court reports will assess the suitability of service users to participate in unpaid work as part of a combination order. Courts can also impose level 1 orders without a court report.