Wortley residents praise restoration work by offenders on Community Payback

Wortley residents praise restoration work by offenders on Community Payback image

Residents in Wortley, Leeds, have praised offenders working on a Community Payback project to clean up the Gamble Hill area.

After a “walk about” by residents and Leeds City Council officials, councillors invited West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) to carry out a Community Payback project in the area to clean up the area.

Offenders, spent more than 250 hours working to clear the site of undergrowth, rubbish and fly-tipping and remove a redundant fenced corridor.  Total work is estimated to be worth more than £2,000 – contributing to major savings for Leeds City Council.

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.

Cllr Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “The work delivered by the Community Payback team in Gamble Hill is a great example of how offenders can put something back into the community while learning important life skills. Residents have been full of praise for the work of the men and women doing Community Payback, especially as the rats have disappeared.”

Andrew Evans, placement coordinator at West Yorkshire CRC, said: “Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law but it is also a way for those on probation to learn new skills and to support their rehabilitation. The team have learned some important new skills which will help in their rehabilitation.”

Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law but it is also a way for those on probation to learn new skills and to support their rehabilitation. The team have learned some important new skills which will help in their rehabilitation

The Community Payback scheme works across a wide range of projects in the community in West Yorkshire renovating community gardens, parks, church yards and schools.

Martin Davies, chief executive of HLNY CRC, said: “Community Payback schemes like the one delivered in Leeds provide a means by which people on probation learn new skills to support their future employment prospects and can be seen to be making a positive contribution to society and the community in which they live as part of their rehabilitation.”

*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. You can nominate project on our website here