Community Payback in Worcestershire

We have a number of ongoing partnership arrangements in Worcestershire which are outlined below.  These partnerships provide offenders with the majority of Community Payback work in the Worcestershire area.  We do, however, work on smaller one off projects as and when requested.  Please also find below details of our most recent projects.

Recent Projects

Franche Community Church - August 2012

The Vicar of Franche Community Church requested a 'tidy up' of the church grounds and car park. A work party spent a day cutting back overgrowth and tidying up the area.  The Vicar said: "Thank you very much for your attention.  Please pass on my thanks to your young men who have done such a splendid job once again".

Partnership Arrangements

Worcester City Council

We have a partnership agreement in place with Worcester City Council who provide a supervisor for 960 hours per year to supervise a group of up to eight offenders carrying out clean-up projects around the city.  The work involves clearing fly tipping, path and scrub clearance, cutting back verges and tidying up parks and gardens and football pitches at Brickfields, Perdiswell and Northwick.  We also have many one-off projects and have recently finished painting railings at Humber Road.

Business Improvement Development Scheme (BIDS)

We have a partnership agreement with Worcester Business Improvement Scheme to carry out work around the city centre.  City centre businesses help fund the scheme and state what work they want done.  The aim is to make the city centre attractive, easier to access, safer and to boost trade for local businesses.  A supervisor and four offenders carry out work such as painting the street bollards and litter bins.  Recently they helped out with a major clean-up operation in preparation for the Queen's visit and the Olympic torch relay.

Countryside Service

We have a partnership arrangement with Worcestershire Countryside Service and Worcester Community Safety Partnership to carry out improvements to Worcestershire parks, countryside and rights of way.  A full-time supervisor and up to six offenders carry out work such as making rights of way accessible, cleaning out ditches and gullies, drainage work, planting trees, path surfacing and replacing wooden fencing.  Recent clearance projects have included the Pershore Circular path and Severn Way path.

'Pay as you go' scheme

A 'Pay as you go' scheme has been set up in partnership with Worcestershire County Council for its Parishes.  Parishes can request a day's work in their area and pay for the cost of the supervisor.  The supervisor will supervise up to eight offenders and work may include clearing rubbish, footpath clearance, painting parish halls and clearing gullies.  This has proved very successful and work has been undertaken at Belbroughton, Chaddesley and Bewdley.

Wyre Forest District Council

We have a partnership arrangement with Wyre Forest District Council whereby we provide a supervisor and work party of offenders and the Council provide a storage unit to store tools and equipment.  One of the major projects undertaken recently in partnership with Wyre Forest was the development of Coronation Gardens.  An area of wasteland that was transformed into a park for the community to enjoy.  Work has also been carried out at Brintons Park and St George's Park.

Offenders have also helped the council out with flood defence work.  Last year they filled 500 sand bags in readiness for any floods.  During the recent bout of wet weather the bags were all used up in one afternoon.  They have since filled a further 300 bags in case of further flood incidents and Wyre Forest District Council are pleased they have a stock of sand bags ready in an emergency. 

Wharf Meadow, Redditch

Wharf Meadow is an animal sanctuary in Bromsgrove managed by the founder Grenville Harries. Offenders carry out tasks such as strimming, mowing, feeding and cleaning out the animals.  Offenders allocated to this project have shown a very high level of commitment and have even turned up on Christmas Day to help out.

Charity Shops

Offenders help out at charity shops across Worcestershire.  Tasks include stock rotation, cleaning, customer service, pricing up goods, window dressing and in some cases working on the till.