Community Payback Projects


Offenders have helped to improve community environments, make people feel safer in the places they live and carry out work that would not otherwise be done. 

They carry out demanding work in their local communities such as:- street clean-ups, ground clearance and landscaping, painting and decorating community facilities, graffiti removal, canal restoration, recycling, litter picking and work for local charities.

Recent Projects around West Mercia  

St Oswalds Primary School, Kidderminster

A Kidderminster primary school garden has received a facelift thanks to a Community Payback project.  The school successfully applied to a scheme where Wyre Forest Community Safety Partnership and West Mercia Probation Trust offer local groups the use of a team of offenders to carry out unpaid work projects.  Offenders cleared a small conservation area with a pond and cut back overgrown bushes around the site.

Footpath Clearance in Ludlow

Offenders have been busy removing litter, weeds and moss from some well used footpaths in Ludlow. This is part of a partnership project West Mercia Probation Trust has set up with Shropshire Council to ensure footpaths and other community areas are kept clear for the local residents to use.

Hanwood Waterside Park

Offenders worked for several months at Hanwood Waterside Park restoring the grounds of the village hall that had become neglected and overgrown.  The work carried out opened up new opportunities for sport, recreation and other activities.

Help with Floods

Wyre Forest District Council have provided an undercover area and 20 tonnes of sand.  During rainy periods offenders have made sandbags which were loaded onto pallets ready for delivery to flood hit areas.

Redditch Cricket, Hockey and Rugby Football Club

Offenders in Redditch carry out a range of tasks at the sports club, from repair work to ground maintenance, for the local community to enjoy.

Skate Park and BMX Track, Redditch

Offenders carry out ground maintenance at a skate park and BMX track in Redditch for the local community to use.

Church Yard Maintenance

Offenders work at numerous churches around the area to ensure church grounds are well maintained.

Canal Trust

Following a successful pilot offenders are now working alongside the Canal Trust to maintain local towpaths.

National Trust

Offenders work at several National Trust sites across the area including Dudmaston, Hanbury Hall and Brockhampton. Work includes clearance and maintaining pathways.

Wharf Meadow Animal Sanctuary

Offenders work at Whart Meadow Animal Sanctuary maintaining the grounds and looking after the animals.


On-going Projects

As well as one-off projects we have a range of on-going projects that are delivered through various partnership arrangements around West Mercia.  We have partnership arrangements with councils around the area whereby the council offers a supervisor or funding for a supervisor and in return offenders carry out work for the council that would not otherwise get done.

Worcestershire Countryside Service

We have a long standing partnership arrangement with the Countryside Service to carry out improvements to parks, countryside and rights of way in Worcestershire.  We provide a full time supervisor and Worcestershire County Council supply the van, tools and base and allocate suitable work to the work party.

‘Pay as you go’ scheme, Worcestershire

A Community Payback ‘pay as you go’ scheme has been set up in partnership with Worcestershire County Council for its 200 Parishes.  It enables them to request a day’s work in their area and pay for the cost of the supervisor.  Work may include clearing rubbish, footpath clearance, painting parish halls and clearing gullies. 

Emergency response team, Worcestershire

A Community Payback emergency response team has been set up to help out with emergencies such as heavy snowfall, flooding, storms or major fires when significant clean-ups are required.  This is co-ordinated through Worcestershire County Council. 

Telford and Wrekin Housing Trust

West Mercia Probation Trust has set up a partnership arrangement with Telford and Wrekin Housing Trust.  Offenders carry out work on their housing estates.

Worcester Business Improvement District (BID)

We have a contract with Worcester Business Improvement District (BID).  BID funds a Community Payback Supervisor who takes a work party out every Sunday to make improvements to the city centre. 


Nominate a Project

Some of our work comes directly from the general public via a Community Payback nomination process.  Anyone can nominate a project in their local community. 

Click here to nominate a project