Community Payback winter improvements

Interserve’s justice business has invested in a dozen portacabins to help provide COVD-19 secure environments and keep service users carrying out Community Payback warm during the winter.

Unpaid Work Orders are a sentence made by the court which require offenders to carry out unpaid work to benefit their local communities. The aim is to hold people to account for their actions while also providing activity that helps people learn new skills.

The portacabins will be placed at the sites of Community Payback projects across the regions covered by Interserve’s five Community Rehabilitation Company.

Ian Ware, Deputy Director of Justice, said: “We’re preparing our Community Payback sites for the colder, wetter months by improving access to shelter where non currently exists.

“This means that our service users can still complete outdoor projects but be able to take a short break if the weather turns grim.

“In the longer term we may be able to have indoor work available that can take place within the portacabins so work can carry on uninterrupted throughout the day even if the weather does turn nasty.”

The fist portacabin has been placed at a church project in Scarborough at which people on Community Payback maintain a cemetery. The CRC’s Community Payback staff worked with service users and Scarborough Borough Council to place the portacabin.