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…

Raising cash for the homeless

Raising cash for the homeless image

Trace Fitzsimmonspell is sleeping rough for a night to help raise awareness and cash for a charity dedicated to supporting homeless people in Merseyside. She will be bedding down in a cardboard box under a plastic sheet outside Liverpool’s St James’ Cathedral. Trace, Wakefield’s service delivery manager at the Professional Services Centre (PSC), is taking…

Lunch club praise for Community Payback

Lunch club praise for Community Payback image

Residents in Scholes, Cleckheaton have praised the work carried out by offenders working on a Community Payback project for their help in refurbishing St Philip And St James Church Hall which hosts a popular lunch club in the town. Community Payback in West Yorkshire is managed by West Yorkshire CRC in partnership with several organisations,…

Keeping cats cosy this winter

Keeping cats cosy this winter image

During the recent big freeze in the north of England following the Beast from the East storm front offenders in Bradford have been working with local charity Cats Protection to help our feline friends keep warm and safe. A team working on Community Payback have been building cat boxes in Bradford to accommodate feral cats…

Mini-bus donations supports local social enterprise

Mini-bus donations supports local social enterprise image

Following our recent donation of a mini-bus formerly used to transport service users on Community Payback to a local school, Flanshaw Junior Infant & Nursery School in Wakefield we have now given a further two mini-buses to a local social enterprise supporting young people. The two buses have been donated to Elite Training Systems Yorkshire…