Parishioners praise Community Payback

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Parishioners at St James Church in Cheshire have praised offenders for the work they have done carrying out Community Payback maintaining the grounds. The churchyard, in Birch Heath Lane, Christleton, is one of scores of churches across the region supported by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company’s (CGM CRC) unpaid work teams. Offenders…

Hidden Heroes to get their day in the spotlight

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Interserve is backing an event showcasing the work carried out by probation colleagues supporting people to make positive changes to their lives. The company runs five CRCs that deliver probation services to offenders on Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders or who are on custodial licence from prison. The Butler Trust is a charity that was…

Stephen praises probation

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Stephen Bell believes probation has helped stop him reoffending after getting a 47-month jail sentence for selling cannabis and cocaine. The 32-year-old, from West Horton, Bolton, is being supervised on licence by Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company’s (CGM CRC) probation case manager Nadine Roberts. Stephen got into trouble after developing a drug habit…

Protecting women from domestic abuse

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Probation services across the region are taking action to protect women from domestic abuse during COVID-19. The Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and Cheshire & Greater Manchester CRC have implemented a range of measures to prevent women from becoming victims and to look at new ways to deliver services following restrictions imposed by the pandemic.…

User Voice update

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User Voice is a national charity run by service users.  We all have personal experience of crime and the problems associated with it. We share your unique insight into what does work and what needs challenging in the criminal justice system to change our lifestyles and stop offending. We understand the barriers that people with…

Probation during COVID-19 update

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If you have been given a probation appointment you must attend. We are reviewing how we deliver probation services to take account of the UK Government’s most recent announcement concerning COVID-19 and we will be providing more details as soon as possible. We have undertaken a great deal of work to make our offices safe…

Diane praises probation for saving her life

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Diane* was left feeling suicidal after an abusive ex-partner raped her, but her probation case manager has helped her see a new future free from crime. The 39-year-old, from Widnes, was supervised on a 12-month Suspended Sentence Order by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC). She successfully completed her order, which…

Volunteers play crucial role in probation

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by Laurie Beach, Peer Mentor Coordinator   As I’m sure almost all of us do, I think every day about how it must be for some of the most vulnerable people in our society whilst we all face the challenges coronavirus has brought. That is especially the case for probation. I work for the Cheshire &…

Probation vans transporting food to the vulnerable during COVID-19

Probation vans transporting food to the vulnerable during COVID-19 image

The Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company has mobilised more than 60 people and 20 vans across the area to support the elderly and people self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting food and essential goods. Interserve runs five Community Rehabilitation Companies that provide rehabilitative services to low and medium risk offenders across England,…

Probation helps Lisa break free from abuse

Probation helps Lisa break free from abuse image

Lisa* has praised probation after the support she was given helped her to leave her abusive partner who had repeatedly raped her and threatened her with knives. The 28-year-old was sentenced for possession of fire arms after she was arrested and tear gas was found in the car she was travelling in. Lisa was sentenced…