You carry out unpaid work for the benefit of the local community. Depending on your sentence, you will need to complete between 40 and 300 hours of Community Payback. If you are unemployed, you may have to carry out Community Payback for up to three days a week. On Community Payback you will get work experience and learn practical skills.
We can also use up to 20% of your hours to improve your work skills and education. For example, we might offer you the chance to complete a training course, improve your maths and literacy skills or attend a job fair to meet with employers to find a job.
Projects range from litter removal and clearing footpaths through to redecorating community centres and working in charity shops.
You may complete work in a group or work on own depending on the project.
Our Community Payback staff will work with your offender manager to choose a suitable work placement.
Depending on where you will do your Community Payback, we will either collect you from a pre-arranged pick-up point closest to your home address or instruct you to go straight to the project.
It is possible to claim part of your travel expenses back. This will depend on the type of placement you are given. Your Community Payback offender manager will tell you if you qualify.
No, you need to bring your own pack lunch to the project.
No, your Community Payback offender manager will tell you what is suitable to wear. We will provide you with a high-visibility jacket and other specialist protective clothing you may need.
You must tell your National Probation Service offender manager if for any reason you cannot attend.
Community Payback can help you get work experience and gain practical skills. We may also use some of your hours for you to complete a course or other activities such as attending job fairs that can help you find a job in future.
Yes. Women on Community Payback do not have to work alone with men and can attend women-only or women-friendly placements.