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Offenders Used to Clear Snow in East Riding

Car in Snow

8:00am 26th August 2013

Offenders on court orders are delivering a wide range of community projects due to the close partnership between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Humberside Probation Trust.

In the 18 months that the partnership has been running the council, trust and parish councils have completed or are running up to 100 projects.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community partnerships, said: “There are two huge benefits to our partnership with the trust. It is providing useful services to our local communities and is also helping unemployed offenders learn new skills that improve their prospects of finding work, which is a key step towards reducing re-offending.

“Skilled council officers work alongside the Community Payback teams, including gardeners, painters, and grounds staff, offering guidance and advice.

“By working with parish councils we can identify the sort of projects that residents are wanting. It is making Community Payback more meaningful.”

Gwen Williams, placement manager, Humberside Probation Trust, said: “Tailored projects like these mean that offenders can see an end product to what they have been doing, such as planting trees. It is often the first time they have experienced job satisfaction and can be proud of something they have achieved.

“Carrying out their sentence within the community where they have probably committed their offence is bringing home to them what they have done and is making justice local.”

So far this year, projects have included the clearance of waste on Scarborough Road and Star Hill Road, Driffield; leaflet delivery in Jefferson Street, Gordon Street, Montague Street and Carter Street, Goole; refurbishment of the pavilion, Rudston; and a major waste clearance in Anlaby, which took a week.

In the first 12 months, 68 projects were carried out across the East Riding by those on Community Payback, including:

*     litter clearance near Kilham

*     preparing plant tubs for Beverley in Bloom.

*     snow clearance at various sites in the East Riding

*     setting up stalls at Priory Church, Bridlington

*     tree planting in the cemetery in Swinefleet

*     painting the playroom at Bubwith leisure centre

*     painting over graffiti in Withernsea.


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