Unpaid Work or Other Activity

Unpaid work:

  • should not replace any form of paid work
  • should 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 and service users, and be able to be delivered within the desired timeframe

If a person is sentenced to a CPO with Unpaid Work or Other Activity, they will be asked to attend an induction. This helps decide where and when they do their unpaid work. 

In East Lothian, service users may be involved in the following activities:

  • supervised groups completing work in local communities, for example
    • grounds clearance or maintenance
    • path creation or maintenance
    • garden upgrading
    • environmental improvements in schools
    • bike repair and recycling
    • supporting and enhancing the activities of the Council’s Countryside Ranger and Tenancy Support services or
    • interior and exterior painting in community buildings
  • individual placements, for example
    • council teams in parks, cemeteries and golf courses
    • charity shops
    • social enterprises
    • third sector/voluntary organisations

You can use this link to email Justice Social Work and let us know if you have any suggestions for Unpaid Work or Other Activity in your lical community. We would also love to know if you have any feedback on existing projects (either ongoing or completed). Equally, if you'd like to know more about how we work with people to reduce their offending behaviour, please get in touch. 


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