A SCHEME in which offenders on a community payback programme help out at care homes for retired people is celebrating 10 successful years.
Residents at Abbeyfield Court based in Locks Heath, Fareham have seen grounds work and building maintenance carried out by Community Payback (CP) teams for more than a decade.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) runs the Community Payback scheme, supervising around 4,000 offenders each year.
The scheme sees probation service users given unpaid work hours to complete as reparation for their offences.
The rehabilitation company, through CP, has arranged for users to assist on several large projects.
These projects include shed roof felting and internal painting. Recently, the team helped to paint and preserve external fences, walkways and the home’s summer house.
Participant Luke Fuller said: ‘All the tasks we have carried out have been to a very high standard and that is the way I like to work.’
HIOW CRC community payback co-ordinator, Jeff Harris, said: ‘Projects like Abbeyfield provide service users with meaningful work.
‘It’s evident that residents at the home enjoy seeing improvements in their environment.’
Senior house manager, Neil Thompson said: ‘The community payback is always well supervised, and people have been able to work off their hours in a constructive way that lends much to the community.
‘We are grateful to see tasks done which enhance the residents’ well-being.
‘One of our relief workers originally came to Abbeyfield to carry out CP.’
The HIOW CRC can arrange for CP teams to attend schools, charities, community halls and more.
To nominate a project, visit hiowcrc.co.uk