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Millions paid back to local communities

29 July 2016

People on Community Payback in Kent, Surrey and Sussex carried out more than 350,000 hours of unpaid work in the last year (1 April 2015-31 March 2016), worth the equivalent of £1.85 million in minimum wage.

They have been carrying out a range of tasks including repairing fallen gravestones, cleaning unsightly graffiti from streets and stairwells, helping local charities and groups and carrying out renovation work to buildings.

Emma Vecchiolla, Head of Service (Community Payback), says: ‘We are proud to provide this excellent service to the courts, which enables service users to engage positively with their local community and help pay back for the harm their crime has caused.’

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.