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Community payback project shortlisted for a national healthcare award

23 May 2019

A project, which sees people on probation in Wales refurbishing walking aids, has been shortlisted for a national healthcare award.

Individuals completing unpaid work, known as Community Payback, for the hospital board, have refurbished frames, crutches and wheeled walkers. Thanks to their work, the hospital has been able to reuse 70 per cent of the walking aids people have returned, saving them £20,000 last year.

Lacey Meredith, Community Payback Manager at Wales Probation Services, said: “This partnership is a great example of the work we do in the community to help reduce reoffending, while giving people opportunities to turn what could be a negative experience into something positive, providing them with new skills. Being shortlisted for this award couldn’t have come at a better time – one year on from the launch of the initiative! We have a great working relationship with our local health board and are excited to be involved in the awards. This is just one example of partnership working which we look forward to continuing and achieving great successes over the coming years.”


The HSJ Awards take place today, 23 May, where the winners will be announced. They celebrate the successes of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector. Good luck to the team in Wales!




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