Community Payback

Community PaybackImage: Community Payback in Newcastle

Community Payback benefits local people and communities by enabling work to be completed by offenders, which might otherwise not be possible.

Offenders complete the work unpaid as part of their sentence, which is imposed by the courts, and it can be anything from 40 to 300 hours for each individual

Offenders working in the community are supervised and are carefully assessed to ensure they don’t pose any risk to the public while they are carrying out their sentence.

Community Payback enables offenders to pay back local communities and to learn new work based skills which can help cut crime by contributing to their rehabilitation.

What type of work is completed?

Projects include removing graffiti, clearing litter, gardening and repairing and re-decorating community centres and other public buildings. All of this work helps to create a cleaner and safer environment for local people to enjoy and move home to.

A project must meet the following criteria:

  • It must benefit the local community.
  • It must not take away paid work from others.
  • No one must make a profit from the work.
  • It must be worthwhile, constructive and give offenders new skills.
  • Offenders must be seen to be putting something back into the community.

Your suggestions

Local people, community organisations, voluntary groups and local authorities can put forward their suggestions. Please fill in the suggestion removals form if you have a suitable project in mind.For further information please view our Community Payback leaflet in the box below.