Do you have a project that you need some help with in East Dunbartonshire?
East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership's Criminal Justice Team is looking for ideas for projects that people who are on Community Payback Orders can carry out to benefit the local community.
A Community Payback Order is a sentence available to courts for someone who is convicted of an offence. A requirement of this Order is unpaid work, which has to be done for the benefit of the local community.
The HSCP is required to consult communities as to the nature of the unpaid work undertaken by offenders in their local area and the Criminal Justice Team is keen to hear ideas from individuals, community groups and charities.
In 2016/17, 21,669 hours of unpaid work hours were completed by offenders in East Dunbartonshire. This equates to just under £160,000 of unpaid work paid back for the benefit of the community based on the National Minimum Wage.
Examples of projects carried out across East Dunbartonshire have included garden clearance for our most vulnerable residents and grass cutting on rambler paths throughout the area.
Service users also worked at Antermony Loch and built a jetty, created steps, paths, a car parking area and a ramp access for disabled people enabling them to get on to the boats.
Susan Manion, Chief Officer, East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership, said, "We want to hear about possible projects the Criminal Justice Team can carry out in your community.
"The team can get involved with a variety of projects - from painting a facility to clearing litter from communal areas - as long as they offer a clear benefit to the community and don't deprive others of paid employment.
"Those who suggest projects will need to pay for any materials required but we will provide the workforce and skilled supervision to ensure it is completed."
For further information, or to nominate a potential project contact Joe Nixon on 0300 123 4510 or e-mail email@example.com and he will assess if the job fits the criteria for the team to complete.