Unpaid work

Courts can impose a Community Payback Order with an unpaid work requirement. This used to be known as community service. The criminal justice social work service supervises this work.

Faith groups, community organisations and voluntary groups can suggest projects they would like to see undertaken as unpaid work.

Contact the criminal justice section on 01241 438383.

All work projects must meet the following criteria:

  • 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

There are two types of work projects available:

  • team placements
  • personal placements

The type of work which can be done by teams includes:

  • gardening
  • painting 
  • joinery
  • furniture collection and deliveries
  • charity collections
  • graffiti removal

Individual placements can include work with:

  • voluntary agencies
  • charity shops
  • churches
  • community groups