Church donates presents to offenders

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Parishoners at one of Oldham’s churches donated presents to people on probation in a move that perfectly captures the Christmas spirit. Worshippers at the Shore Edge Methodist Church, in Buckstones Road, Shaw, have donated new and secondhand gifts to Oldham probation for more than 20 years. Toys are collected by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester…

Event to recognise staff and volunteers

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Caption: Nazia Khaliq receives her award from CGM CRC’s chief exec Chris Edwards (right) and User Voice’s chief Mark Johnson (left). Service users, staff and volunteers met to celebrate the best work carried out by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company at the organisation’s inaugural recognition event. Certificates for all of those nominated…

Homeless hub helping offenders

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Caption: Asda’s Christine Blower handing food over to CGM CRC’s Nadine Roberts.  Bolton probation has launched a homeless hub to help offenders who are homeless or in unstable accommodation. The Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company supervises people released from prison on licence and individuals sentenced by the courts to a range of community-based…

First women’s probation centres launched in Cheshire

First women’s probation centres launched in Cheshire image

CGM CRC has launched its first women’s centres in Cheshire. The Runcorn women’s centre opened its doors in August and is used by up to 25 women a week who take part in a range of activities aimed at supporting their rehabilitation. A centre has also been launched in Widnes, which opened a fortnight ago.…

Joan believes arrest was catalyst for change

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Joan was arrested for assaulting her 26-year-old son during a heated row at their home in Runcorn. After the assault the son called the police. Joan* handed herself in at the police station and was sentenced at Runcorn Magistrates Court to a 12-month Community Order with 20 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 40 hours Community…

Butler Trust recognition for probation duo

Butler Trust recognition for probation duo image

Mark Pimblett and Sam Bradshaw have earned accolades from the most prestigious award scheme for prison and probation officers. The duo, who both work for the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company, have earned certificates in the annual Butler Trust scheme. More than 380 prison and probation staff were nominated, but only 50 certificates…

CGM CRC helps band drum up support

CGM CRC helps band drum up support image

The Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company has helped the Cheshire Drums and Bugles ensemble hit the right note after letting the band use their probation premises for training. Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) deliver rehabilitative services to low and medium risk offenders. The unlikely partnership has been formed by Community Payback supervisor Tony Jackson,…

Community Payback Poppy Power

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OFFENDERS carrying out Community Payback have fixed more than 500 ornamental poppies to lamp posts across Bolton as part of the town’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations. People sentenced to unpaid work orders by the town’s Magistrates have been praised by councillors for the speedy way in which they have gone about the work. The Cheshire &…

Magistrates impressed by Intensive Community Order event

Magistrates impressed by Intensive Community Order event image

Magistrates from Greater Manchester were invited to an open event hosted at CGM CRC’s Minshull Street office. The event was hosted to give JPs an insight into CGM CRC’s Intensive Community Order (ICO). The ICO was designed and implemented by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and CGM CRC almost a decade ago and offers supervision…

Probation helps Pauline progress

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Pauline Cosgrove blacked out after drinking too much before regaining consciousness in a police cell. While the mum-of-two feels deep shame about the events which lead up to her being arrested, she believes the experience has helped her begin to come to terms with a medical condition which has blighted her for years. Pauline has…