Unpaid work / other activity

Unpaid Work usually takes the form of:

  • Supervised groups of up to five clients undertaking Unpaid Work activities in local communities. Types of projects can include grounds clearance or maintenance, path creation or maintenance, garden upgrading, environmental improvements in schools, bike recycling, supporting and enhancing the activities of the Council’s Countryside Ranger and Tenancy Support team, interior and exterior painting in community buildings etc.
  • Individual placements within Council teams in parks, cemeteries and golf courses, charity shops or social enterprises. Following sentencing, the induction interview assesses where and when a person undertakes their Unpaid Work. Factors such as the nature of the offence, employment, education, health and compliance with any previous Orders are taken into consideration as part of a risk assessment. Clients are required to sign a work contract detailing the location of the Unpaid Work and attendance times, procedures, rules and regulations - a booklet detailing the expectations is issued.
  • The service runs Monday to Sunday to accommodate those in education or employment. People working full-time hours are expected to commit one day per week while those not in employment or education usually undertake a minimum of two days per week.

The underpinning criteria for Unpaid Work is that the work activity:

  • Should not replace any form of paid work
  • Be of clear social benefit to an individual, community group or not for profit organisation
  • Should be in a safe environment, fall within the skill set of staff and clients and be able to be delivered within the desired timeframe

It is important to note that while labour is free, any materials used are recharged to the person or organisation making the work request.