The criminal justice team within Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Service is looking for ideas for projects that people who are on Community Payback Orders can carry out to benefit the local community.
A ‘Community Payback Order’ is a sentence available to courts in Scotland for offences committed from February 2011 onwards. The sentence will ultimately replace probation, community service orders and supervised attendance orders.
In 2011 around 36,500 hrs of unpaid work was completed by the service and locally people working under Community Payback Orders tidied litter from Turriff Sports Centre as well as completing some building work at Delgatie Castle.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Councillor Karen Clark said
We are keen to hear about possible projects the criminal justice team can carry out in your community and the opportunities are endless.Ideas can be varied as long as a project can offer a clear benefit to the community and must not deprive others of paid employment. People who suggest projects are responsible for costs and materials while the council provides the workforce and skilled supervision to ensure it is completed and the scheme ensures that it does what it says – pays back to the community.
Vice chair Councillor Alisan Norrie said
Those undertaking community orders can carry out a variety of tasks from painting a town facility to clearing litter from beaches or communal areas within Aberdeenshire communities. It’s a winning situation for everyone, giving people valuable and rewarding skills whilst also providing a service locally.
The criminal justice team within Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing and Social Work Service is also consulting with community councils, councillors and other agencies such as Grampian Police on community payback projects.
For further information, or to nominate a potential project contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What projects in Turriff would you like to see Community Payback complete?