[ Back ]

Community Payback project at Maundene Primary receives outstanding feedback

11 October 2016

Staff at a primary school in Medway were thrilled with the recent work our Community Payback team completed during the school holidays.

The project - managed by Danny Robinson – took five weeks to complete as the amount of work the school required was vast. In total, four classrooms, two very spacious corridors, two cloakrooms and four sets of toilets were redecorated whilst work was also carried out on the grounds outside.

Siobhan Lindsey, School Business Manager at Maundene Primary, said: ‘This was our first experience of working with the Community Rehabilitation Company so we were very unsure what to expect.

‘We are extremely happy with the work which took place over the summer, the school looks cleaner, brighter and much tidier.  The children were thrilled with their new learning environment when they returned to school. 

‘To anyone who is unsure whether or not to become involved in similar projects, we as a school can’t recommend it enough!’

Nevertheless, there was someone who’s particularly hard work didn’t go unnoticed.

Siobhan Lindsey commented further: ‘One young man in particular proved to be a very willing and able worker who continued to volunteer independently when the project ended. I am currently exploring the possibility of an Apprentice Caretaker position for which we would warmly accept an application from him if he wished to apply.’

The school wishes to continue the good working relationship that was built over the summer and is looking to invite the team back for future projects. 

Latest personal stories

Kevin

A former drug addict has become a successful paid chef a year after his release from prison.

Experience of volunteer Aron

When I first met John*, he came across as being very shy and quiet. I attended an initial meeting where I met with Johnís Probation Officer and we agreed actions and goals for him to take to help aid his rehabilitation and tackle the issues that have led him to commit the crime in the first place.

The help of volunteer David

I was asked to work with Andrew* to help improve his self-esteem and decision making skills which led to his drug abuse. At our regular meetings, we explored solutions to his issues and obstacles to his future aspirations. Slowly through this work, his perceptions about himself began to change from feelings of guilty and helplessness, to being able to acknowledge his own personal strengths and attributes.