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…

Together Women’s Project a life-line

Together Women’s Project a life-line image

Women have praised a centre they say has given them a life-line. The Together Women’s Project is for people sentenced to probation or on licence from prison. Crucially, it can also be attended by people at risk of offending or who are vulnerable. Across Cheshire & Greater Manchester 81 per cent of female service users…

Clean-up work carried out by offenders is praised by Chester Council

Clean-up work carried out by offenders is praised by Chester Council image

Offenders carrying out Community Payback along an idyllic stretch of disused railway have been praised by Cheshire West and Chester Council for improving the popular path. Community Payback is a sentence made by the court that involves people working for a period of time under the supervision of probation on tasks that benefit local areas.…

Raising cash for the homeless

Raising cash for the homeless image

Trace Fitzsimmonspell is sleeping rough for a night to help raise awareness and cash for a charity dedicated to supporting homeless people in Merseyside. She will be bedding down in a cardboard box under a plastic sheet outside Liverpool’s St James’ Cathedral. Trace, Wakefield’s service delivery manager at the Professional Services Centre (PSC), is taking…

Plea for volunteers with lived experience

Plea for volunteers with lived experience image

A pioneering project that aims to support people at risk of offending is hoping to recruit 50 volunteers. The Greater Manchester Integrated Healthcare in Custody and Wider Liaison and Diversion Service was established in the region two years ago. The team meets people arrested in police custody suites and provides help to them with the…

Rachel bags Butler Trust award

Rachel bags Butler Trust award image

Resettlement team manager Rachel O’Connor has received a Royal seal of approval after winning a prestigious accolade for her work supporting prisoners preparing for release. Shelter delivers the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company’s Through the Gate (TTG) service. Rachel and CGM CRC’s Donna Yates have together designed and implemented unique initiatives at HMP…

Chloe praises probation

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Chloe Burden is one of scores of women supported by the Oldham women’s centre who believe probation is supporting them to make positive change. The 28-year-old received a one year Suspended Sentence for assault. She was previously convicted in 2012 for assaulting a police officer. Chloe is supervised by the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community…