Offenders pave way for Jim

Offenders pave way for Jim image

Colina McInnes-Boylan has praised offenders for paving the way for her husband to enjoy his allotment after a Community Payback project provided them with a lifeline. People on unpaid work orders have removed overgrowth, laid flagging and repaired a gate and fence to help Jim gain access to the couple’s Clammer Clough Allotment, in Cemetery…

Nick’s excelling on probation

Nick’s excelling on probation image

Nick Sim was well on the way to escalating drug use, crime and prison – but thanks to probation he has embraced a new future and is happier than he has ever been. The 22-year-old, from Ridge Hill, Stalybridge, lives at home with his mum who has emphysema and his dad, who suffers from prolonged…

Pair praise Tameside women’s centre

Pair praise Tameside women’s centre image

Two women have praised probation after benefiting from their  sentence carried out at the Tameside Women’s Centre. Emma believes the support she’s received has helped her battle with booze, while Jemma feels she has a better control over her emotions. Emma, aged 28, was sentenced to 12 Community Order after being drunk in charge of…

David notches up six months clean

David notches up six months clean image

David has been clean from heroin and crack cocaine since October, following decades of addiction that resulted in him being banned from every shop in Ashton. The 37-year-old stole several times a day to feed a monstrous habit, but thanks to support from Sam Bradshaw, a probation case manager for the Cheshire & Greater Manchester…

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence

Interserve’s work to reduce domestic violence image

An intervention that addresses behaviours linked to domestic abuse is being rolled out across Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. Help was developed by Merseyside CRC’s Roy Cook, together with support from colleagues. It is part of the new strategy being implemented as part of Interserve’s Domestic Abuse Guidance. The programme began as a voluntary course, with…

Alisha’s progress on probation

Alisha’s progress on probation image

Alisha Lowe’s low ebb occurred when she was jailed for 28 weeks after admitting stealing from clients, but the experience has opened a new chapter in her life. Since the government changed the law three-years-ago anyone sentenced to less than 12 months in custody is subject to a year’s supervision by probation – called Post…

Almost 73,000 hours of Community Payback in 2018

Almost 73,000 hours of Community Payback in 2018 image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback have completed tens of thousands of hours improving communities in Cheshire and Greater Manchester by way of reparation. Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. Offenders completed more than 72,798 hours in the…

Charity helps Ed find his voice

Charity helps Ed find his voice image

Ed was arrested after crashing his car into a ditch while drunk, but has used the experience to help him quit the bottle and re-evaluate his life. The father-of-one, from Manchester, had never previously been in trouble with the law. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order and required to complete an alcohol…

Personal approach to reducing re-offending

Personal approach to reducing re-offending image

by Caroline Marsh, independent consultant working with Interserve justice We can support people to make changes to their lives, but my firm belief is that it is only when an individual wants to change, that really crucial progress can be made. Interserve, which runs five successful Community Rehabilitation Companies, has recognised this principle and has…

Probation helps Chatunga quit alcohol and stop re-offending

Probation helps Chatunga quit alcohol and stop re-offending image

Chatunga was arrested and held in a police cell for two days after being caught drink driving for the third time. The mature student, who also works in a laboratory, was sentenced to a six month Alcohol Treatment Order and a 12 month Community Order at Bolton Magistrates’ court. He successfully completes his sentence at…