Community payback benefits to local area

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The Council’s Social Work Services Committee will today (Friday) hear a report on how community payback orders are benefitting the communities in Galloway.

Criminals sentenced in the court to undertake such an order find themselves delivering free kindling and logs to the elderly; constructing and distrubuting winter resilience packs such as gritters and shovels to communities; grass cutting; growing fruit and veg used in a cookery training kitchen; beach clearing; making garden furniture, working in animal shelters and removing graffiti, among other projects.

The report also highlights the benefits the orders have on those participating by giving them a purpose, with some saying it helped them build confidence and boost skills.

Councillor Jim Dempster, chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s social work services committee, said, “Protecting the most vulnerable people in our society is a priority for our council.

“The community payback work carried out in Dumfries and Galloway delivers support to people who need it, provides a major contribution to local communities, and assists offenders to make significant changes in their own lives. This leads to safer communities for us all.”