A TEAM of offenders on Community Payback have helped spread festive cheer by supporting a scheme to deliver Christmas hampers in Southsea.
The Salvation Army runs the initiative, which involves packing hundreds of hampers with food and presents at their centre on Albert Road, Southsea.
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) runs Community Payback and has been proud to support the annual event for several years.
Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law that involves people who have been sentenced by the courts working for a set number of hours without pay for the benefit of their community.
Jeff Harris, the CRC’s placement co-ordinator, said: “This is a great way for our service users to serve their hours.
“The work helps the most needy in our society, and is a perfect illustration of the good work that probation delivers.
“It not only supports the Salvation Army, but also helps our service users gain respect, learn new skills and supports their rehabilitation.”
People on Community Payback wrapped presents for the hampers, which are delivered to the needy and elderly on Christmas Day. The CRC also supports the charity by helping out in the cafeteria, charity shop and the centre itself.
Major Helen Urmston, who leads the Southsea Salvation Army Centre, worked alongside the Community Payback team.
She said: “It is an extremely busy time for us, so the extra help is very much appreciated.”
One of the service users carrying out unpaid work, said: “I’m happy that the work I am doing is going to benefit those people that need help the most.”
Photo caption: HIOW CRC placement co-ordinator, Jeff Harris with Salvation Army Major, Helen Urmston at the centre.