Community Payback Project Wins Award for Work
A community payback project at the Colman Redland Centre in Reigate recently won the National Offender Management Service Wildlife Award.
The project involved individuals supervised by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) carrying out hundreds of hours of unpaid work in the last year.
Service users learnt useful conservation skills while building new wildlife habitats and putting up bird boxes at the project. This work has helped to increase greatly the number and variety of bugs, birds, flora and fauna at the centre.
They have also completed work to make the area safer and more welcoming for the Brownie groups by erecting new fencing and creating seating areas from fallen trees.
This project showcases how individuals can put back into the community at the same time as learning new skills, improving their job prospects and gaining a better understanding of the countryside.
Last year, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company delivered over 350,000 hours of Community Payback to worthy projects across the three counties. The value of this work is equivalent to £2 million pounds in labour at the current level of minimum wage. The projects include a wide range of services from landscaping community spaces to painting and decorating parish halls.