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Young offenders on Ashill village clean-up
12:30pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
COUNCILLOR Linda Vijeh visited Ashill this week to meet the young offenders cleaning up the area as part of their Community Payback.
Formerly known as Community Service, Community Payback has been running for 40 years, and is one of the Avon and Somerset Probation Trust’s success stories.
Earlier this year, the Trust received national recognition for its work, winning an award for ‘Team of the Year’ at The National Probation Awards.
The aim of the scheme is to support offenders by developing skills which may transfer to the workplace while reducing labour costs.
The clean-up in Ashill earlier this month was undertaken by eight men who filled dozens of rubbish bags through the day.
Cllr Vijeh said: “This was the first of what we hope will be many sessions to help tidy up our local villages.”
“While one can never condone unlawful behaviour, I do believe that often it’s good people who, for a variety of reasons, do bad things.
“Each time they carry out work they’re assessed for their behaviour and attitude, and providing this opportunity for them to give something back to the community must be good for us all.'
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