New videos shine a light on our work

New videos shine a light on our work image

Service users and staff have created five videos to illustrate the work carried out by the Community Rehabilitation Companies. Roy Cook, programme manager, said: “I am delighted that we have a new suite of videos to illustrate the work we are doing to support people on probation to make positive changes. “Collectively the videos tell…

Offenders contribute more than £2,000,000 to the region

Offenders contribute more than £2,000,000 to the region image

Offenders in Cheshire and Greater Manchester working on Community Payback have put more than £2m back into their community during 2018. Community Payback is a punishment made by the courts for people who have broken the law and is supervised by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC). The latest figures released…

Alastair applauded for complex case work

Alastair applauded for complex case work image

Probation case manager Alastair Lorimer (pictured middle) has been praised by a leading charity for the work he has done supporting an offender with mental health difficulties. Alastair works for the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company and earned recognition at a staff awards event for the support he had given to George*, who…

St James Church praises Community Payback

St James Church praises Community Payback image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback have been praised for the work they have done maintaining the grounds of St James’ Church in Christleton. People sentenced by the courts to carry out unpaid work carry out a range of tasks at the Grade II listed building, which can trace its history back to the Domesday Book.…

Church donates presents to offenders

Church donates presents to offenders image

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

Event to recognise staff and volunteers image

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

Homeless hub helping offenders image

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

Joan believes arrest was catalyst for change image

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…