Community pays back workers with barbecue

Community pays back workers with barbecue image

Offenders on Community Payback helping to clear-up a Bradford estate earned a payback of their own in the form of a barbecue from grateful council staff. The team have been organised by the probation service to assist staff at the ARC community centre on the Canterbury estate in Little Horton. Community Payback is managed by…

Unique service helps cut Muslim re-offending rates

Unique service helps cut Muslim re-offending rates image

South Asian Offenders Service (SHAFA), a pioneering West Yorkshire project, working in partnership with West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), is reducing re-offending rates among Muslim men who have committed crimes Led by mental health charity Touchstone, which works with BME communities across West Yorkshire, the SHAFA service supports offenders from South Asian communities who…

Colourful mural for Halliday Court residents

Colourful mural for Halliday Court residents image

Residents at Halliday Court Residential Home have brand new mural thanks to work carried out by offenders working on a Community Payback. Service users on unpaid work prepared the wall at the Garforth, Leeds old people’s home for local artist Marcus Brown (who goes by the tag Hyrograff) to create a colourful and powerful mural…

Residents praise work on Alderton Heights

Residents praise work on Alderton Heights image

Residents at Alderton Heights have praised the work carried out by offenders working on a Community Payback on re-stocking the estate’s planters and hayracks. Unpaid work supervisor Jane Ibbotson and the service users on community payback were praised by resident’s spokesperson Heather Muir. Heather said: “I would like to send our huge thanks to Jane…

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence image

An intervention that addresses behaviours linked to domestic abuse is being rolled out across Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. Help was developed by Merseyside CRC’s Roy Cook, together with support from colleagues. It is part of the new strategy being implemented as part of Interserve’s Domestic Abuse Guidance. The programme began as a voluntary course, with…

Baildon Love our Loos a great success

Baildon Love our Loos a great success image

The public toilets in the centre of Baildon reopened last week thanks to the hard work of service users on unpaid work with mural by a local artist. Baildon Town Council has formally accepted the transfer of the public toilets in the town from Bradford Metropolitan Council and will be fully responsible for their running…

Offenders contribute more than £350,000 to communities in West Yorkshire

Offenders contribute more than £350,000 to communities in West Yorkshire image

Offenders working in their communities after being sentenced for criminal offences have contributed tens of thousands of hours in West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), which is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence, delivered more than 45,000 hours in the first quarter of 2018. With…

Personal approach to reducing re-offending

Personal approach to reducing re-offending image

by Caroline Marsh, independent consultant working with Interserve justice We can support people to make changes to their lives, but my firm belief is that it is only when an individual wants to change, that really crucial progress can be made. Interserve, which runs five successful Community Rehabilitation Companies, has recognised this principle and has…

Departure lounge takes off at HMP Leeds

Departure lounge takes off at HMP Leeds image

A unique approach to helping men released from HMP Leeds to receive the best possible support following their first few hours of freedom is achieving results. Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) commission services in prisons to help people prepare for release. The initiative is called Through the Gate (TTG), and involves resettlement workers meeting prisoners following…

Baildon bogs’ beauty treatment

Baildon bogs’ beauty treatment image

Residents with a team working on Community Payback with West Yorkshire CRC are developing plans to spruce up Baildon public toilets, including wall murals and posters. Baildon Town Council will take over the toilets from Bradford Council in April and has agreed to put £8,000 towards the project in its first year. At a “Love…