Offenders on Community Payback have joined the ranks of workers cleaning up after the devastation left in Wales following Storm Dennis.
Supervised by Wales Probation Services, part of the Seetec group, there has been no shortage of work for the teams to do over the last week.
Joining local county councils and volunteer fire and rescue services, they have assisted with the clean-up of badly affected areas in Monmouthshire, Wyesham, Newport and Symonds Yat.
Work has included clearing mud from local homes, paths, schools and the Risca Rugby Club. The teams have also helped to fill hundreds of sandbags.
Nigel Leaworthy, Operations Manager at Monmouthshire County Council, said: “We are extremely thankful to the Community Payback teams for offering to assist. They have helped with lots of aspects of the clean-up including removing mud from footpaths and homes. The additional help they’ve provided means we can complete the clean-up operation more quickly and effectively.”
Steve James, founded of charity Towers to Tunnels (T2T) whose volunteer team of firefighters have worked alongside our Community Payback teams, said: “I can only express how impressed we were with the behaviour, the control and the dignity of individuals on Community Payback. We are thankful for the massive effort they put in to helping the community.”
Dawn Blower, Chief Probation Officer for Wales Probation Service, said: “Everyone has worked so hard over the last week. The work is directly benefiting our local communities and our local flood aid pages are full of praise for the groups. Many people have also stopped by to say thank you to our teams. We are pleased we could support local county councils with the clean-up operation.”
Community Payback is a sentence made by the court for an individual to complete unpaid work in the local community. Depending on the seriousness of the crime or the person’s record, the court can give them between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work.
Wales Probation Services supervises unpaid workers who must work at least seven hours – or one full day – per week, either as part of a group or on a single placement. The work might involve building and maintenance, painting and decorating or litter-picking and graffiti removal.
In the past year, people doing Community Payback in Wales have painted and decorated community halls, refurbished schools and rejuvenated overgrown parks and alleyways. A grand total of 378,000 hours of service to the community was delivered by our teams to good causes across Wales, with a value of nearly £3 million pounds in labour.
Do you have a project you think Community Payback can help you with?
See our Community Payback page to contact our team today.