Our District Council has issued the following article regarding the community payback scheme :
Dover District Community Safety Unit continues to work with Kent Probation to nominate projects for the Community Payback scheme – and nominations for projects that relate to community safety continue to be welcomed from local people or groups.
The Kent Probation Service makes a certain amount of Community Payback time available to the Dover District Community Safety Partnership. The work must be to the benefit of the local community or a charitable organisation, and must not involve work that would normally be done by someone in paid employment.
Community Payback comes into play when an offender is ordered to work in the community, either as part of a supervised group or as a supervised individual for between 40–300 hours. A recent project was nominated by a St Margaret’s resident, and involved the clearing of overgrown paths in the St Margaret’s/Kingsdown area.
In the current climate of funding cutbacks, we know there are voluntary organisations within our district working very hard to create local community events on a shoe string budget in order to attract more business into our towns. We must continue to support good quality activities for local people to engage with.
If you are one such organisation you could be enabling those doing community payback to re-engage with their local community as well as providing them with some much needed aspiration.
Let us know your views and if you think you can make use of this facility, tell us your ideas as you could make a huge change to someones life as well as benefitting the lcoal community.