Community Payback In Action

Community Payback is a community sentence imposed by the Courts that IMG_9676_smallrequires men and women to undertake unpaid reparation work that benefits and improves community life. The supervised work is managed by the Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company (SWM CRC) and is usually undertaken for charities, church trusts and other faith groups. The number of stipulated hours can range from 40 to 300.

Reparation at work – and its estimated value to communities

Community Payback, in the West Midlands and Staffordshire region, has an annual worth of more than £3 million as the total number of hours worked was 445,050 in a recent 12 month period.

This reparation work equates to a monetary value of £3,093,097 for local communities if calculated using the minimum wage figure of £6.95 (21 – 24 years age group).

Project case file

During the last five years supervised teams of service users have been working at the Leek Cricket Club during the winter months which has involved:

– general maintenance tasks such as painting and repairing the benches in the stands

– clearing overgrown areas

– constructing bin stores

– laying paving and

– rebuilding sections of a stone wall.


Casual work opportunity

Chris Lowndes, SWM CRC spokesperson, said: “Supervising our Community Payback teams is very interesting and rewarding work as you see men and women progress in their rehabilitation as we engage with them.

“We are now recruiting for additional supervisors to work for our organisation in a casual capacity to provide annual leave cover. We operate a seven day a week service and are seeking individuals with both practical and people skills.”

Interested applicants please visit: 

and complete the Expression of Interest form.

Press enquiries

Please contact Fiona Buchanan, with the SWM CRC Communications team, on 07711 160685 or 0121 273 5023.

Background Information – Reducing Reoffending Partnership

The SWM CRC is managed by the Reducing Reoffending Partnership (RRP) to provide supervision and a range of interventions to enable offenders to successfully rehabilitate. The RRP is comprised of Ingeus, a major provider of people-centre services, CGL, the largest substance misuse provider in the UK and St Giles Trust, a leading criminal justice charity.