The Rev. Andrew Knight has written to a Community Payback team to thank them for their work in tidying up St George’s churchyard in Carrington.
Community Payback is a sentence made by the courts to punish offending behaviour that involves people on probation carrying out unpaid work that benefits communities. In Carrington, it is managed by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company.
Rev Knight said: “From the feedback I am receiving from locals and from members of the congregation attending our recent Sunday service, the work is much appreciated by the local community whose loved ones are buried there.”
The work was coordinated by Placement Coordinator Adam Powsney who assigned Velma Bryan as project supervisor who has previously been associated with the project.
He said: “It’s always great to have supervisors who have been involved before to maintain the strong working relationship and trust between both organisations.
“This is clearly evidenced in the positive feedback we have received which is appreciated by all our team. Rev. Andrew maintains very good communications with the CP team which is important so his services are not competing with the sound of strimmers.”
This year Velma’s Community Payback team – consisting of service users from Manchester, Salford and Trafford – have spent six days or 245 man hours improving the environment around the church. Community Payback will continue to mow, weed and tidy up the church grounds whenever requested, scheduling the work alongside other great projects they are currently working on around Manchester, Salford and Trafford.
Community Payback Manager Stephen Cope said: “Velma deserves a special thank you for the ongoing upkeep of the churchyard directing the lads on the Community Payback team at the weekend. It’s great to receive such positive feedback which makes it so worthwhile for us and the team members who get a great deal out of it including acquiring new skills whilst giving something back to their community.”