Community Payback in Gateshead is a partnership between Northumbria Probation, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, The Gateshead Housing Company, and Gateshead Council, and therefore an initiative which is endorsed by the Safer Gateshead Partnership.
The scheme in Gateshead enables the unpaid work carried out by offenders to receive public recognition and allows the public to contribute ideas as to which projects are undertaken indirectly through neighbourhood tasking meetings, members requests or directly from community groups to the probation service. It is critical that Community Payback hours are used effectively, both as a punishment and to help rehabilitate offenders.
This initiative not only enables improvements to local areas, it also provides offenders with essential life skills which aim to prevent them from becoming involved in any further offences.
Currently Community Payback is operating in:
- Groundworks and litter picking in Beacon Lough East
Future planned work includes:
- Maintaining the grounds at Ryton War Graves
- Maintaining the grounds at Birtley War Graves
- Groundworks at St James’ Village
- Maintaining the grounds at Barley Mow Community Centre, including painting and decorating
- Maintaining the grounds at Cumbric Community Centre
- Grass cutting at St Chad’s Church
- Garage painting at Watermill Lane
- Groundworks in Felling