Ten years of Community Payback at Abbeyfield

Ten years of Community Payback at Abbeyfield image

RESIDENTS at Abbeyfield Court, Locks Heath, have benefitted from grounds work and building maintenance carried out by Community Payback (CP) teams over the last ten years. 

The work is carried out by probation service users who have been given unpaid work hours to complete as reparation for their offences. CP is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC).

Abbeyfield Court is an assisted living retirement care home which promotes independent living and community links. CP teams have carried out several large projects for the charity. These have included shed roof felting and internal painting. The most recent task was painting and preserving external fences, walkways and the summer house.

HIOW CRC community payback co-ordinator, Jeff Harris, said: “Projects like Abbeyfield provide service users with meaningful work. It’s evident that residents at the home enjoy seeing improvements in their environment.”

Senior House Manager, Neil Thompson said: “The community payback is always well supervised, and people have been able to work off their hours in a constructive way that lends much to the community.

“We are grateful to see tasks done which enhance the residents’ well-being. One of our relief workers originally came to Abbeyfield to carry out CP.”

Service user, Luke Fuller, said: “All the tasks we have carried out have been to a very high standard and that is the way I like to work.”

HIOW CRC can arrange CP teams for many not-for-profit agencies, such as schools, charities, community halls, scouts and many more. To nominate a project, go to http://www.hiowcrc.co.uk/what-we-do/community-payback/nominate-community-payback/