Community Payback spruce up Westertons

Community Payback spruce up Westertons image

Residents in the Westertons sheltered bungalows in Ardsley, Leeds have praised the work carried out by offenders working on a Community Payback project for their help in refurbishing the fences around the estate.

The team on Community wood stained the whole of the fences both inside and out throughout the sheltered bungalow complex. The work took 19 days to complete and used in excess of 240 litres of wood stain.

Local resident Mr M Budgen said: “For the past few weeks we have had the payback lads on site painting the fences. We would like to say how polite, well mannered and friendly they have been.”

“We would like to thank the people who sent them as this has been a good experience for all concerned.”

Community Payback in West Yorkshire is managed by West Yorkshire CRC in partnership with several organisations, and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects that benefit the community. The Community Payback scheme works across a wide range of projects in the community in the region renovating community gardens, parks, church yards and schools.

Andy Evans, placement coordinator with West Yorkshire CRC, said the unpaid work through Community Payback can help offenders gain valuable new skills. “Community Payback schemes like the one delivered in Ardsley provide a means by which offenders learn new skills to support their rehabilitation and future employment prospects, and also put something back into their local community.”

*The Community Payback Team in West Yorkshire would like to hear about other projects which residents think will make a real difference to their community. Nominate a project for Community Payback