EFQM award: Interserve’s justice business committed to excellence

EFQM award: Interserve’s justice business committed to excellence image

Interserve’s justice business and its five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) have all received accreditation following recent individual assessments. Among the CRCs gaining the accreditation Committed to Excellence 2 Star were West Yorkshire and Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire. The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Committed to Excellence award has been earned by the justice…

Otley Community Centre gets makeover from offenders on Community Payback

Otley Community Centre gets makeover from offenders on Community Payback image

Otley Community Centre, has been given a makeover after offenders working on Community Payback have worked to restore the building introducing new modern facilities for the market town’s residents. Community Payback in Leeds is managed by the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects, nominated by members…

Moortown recreational facility brought back into use by Community Payback

Moortown recreational facility brought back into use by Community Payback image

Offenders, spent more than 250 hours working to clear the site of undergrowth, rubbish and fly-tipping to restore it to its original use as a recreational facility for the local community. Total work is estimated to be worth more than £2,000 – contributing to major savings for Leeds City Council. Community Payback in Leeds is…

Lincoln Green play area restored thanks efforts of offenders on Community Payback

Lincoln Green play area restored thanks efforts of offenders on Community Payback image

Lincoln Green, is being used by children and local residents again after offenders working on Community Payback have completely revived the parkland. Community Payback in Leeds is managed by the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in partnership with Leeds City Council, and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects that benefit the community.…

Leeds sheltered housing scheme see gardens revived by offenders on Community Payback

Leeds sheltered housing scheme see gardens revived by offenders on Community Payback image

  Richmond House, sheltered accommodation managed by Leeds City Council, has been given a face lift thanks to the help of offenders who have been sprucing up the gardens of the Pudsey-based housing complex which is home to more than 20 pensioners. Offenders have been working to enhance the courtyard gardens for the enjoyment of…

Reformed drug offender brings drama and poetry to the community with Life Experience

Reformed drug offender brings drama and poetry to the community with Life Experience image

A group of ex-offenders and former drug users are using their real life experiences to help young people and prisoners avoid going down the same route of a life of crime and drug addiction. Phil Pearce, 33, from Beeston, has set up social enterprise, Life Experience, and uses poetry and drama to help schools and…

It’s great outdoors at Huddersfield school thanks to community payback workers

It’s great outdoors at Huddersfield school thanks to community payback workers image

Kirkburton Church of England First School has undergone a major transformation over the past four months with significant improvements to the outdoor play areas thanks to the work of offenders on Community Payback. Community Payback, managed by the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), has involved teams of people on unpaid work orders at the…

Ex-offender Jason Brown – helping offenders break the cycle of crime

Ex-offender Jason Brown – helping offenders break the cycle of crime image

Bradford-born Jason Brown was convicted and imprisoned for four years for robbery after a life of petty crime in his youth. Today he has two degrees, including one in criminology, and is currently studying for a masters at Leeds Beckett University. He also works for charity User Voice in West Yorkshire which he credits with…