The way we deliver probation services is changing as the government gradually relaxes Covid-19 lockdown guidance.
In the last few weeks, we have seen our first Community Payback groups starting again across our probation services.
In keeping with the latest national public health advice, groups are smaller, held outdoors with participants making their own way to the sites. We have also provided service users with personal protective equipment (PPE) and set up sanitising stations.
Some individual places which local authority and charity shop staff oversee are also continuing to run.
In Kent, a small Community Payback team did a thorough litter pick at Jubilee Fields and started work on the overgrown hedges around the car park. In Chatham, a team made quite a difference to the overgrown burial ground at St John the Baptist Church in Halling.
In Wales, individuals have helped to transform the grounds of Vale Foodbank.
“I felt safe and welcome today being at the yard. I was able to complete four hours today, and tomorrow I am going in an hour early to clear my hours quicker.” Paul, Wiltshire
“We are so grateful for the transformation of our warehouse garden and surrounding area. The team worked so hard, were polite and a pleasure to work with. We are very happy with the outcome.” Phil Morgan, Vale Foodbank Manager
We are gradually increasing the hours individuals can complete and by the end of the month are on track to achieve the Ministry of Justice target of providing 25% of hours compared to post-lockdown.
Thank you to all the organisations who are providing us with projects. Should you have any work we can safely do following the latest Covid-19 guidelines, please get in touch with our Community Payback teams.
Covid recovery roadmap
Here is a list of highlights as lockdown eases and we move to the second phase of our recovery plan.
What we have done so far:
- Our offices have remained open for the most concerning cases that are either high risk or vulnerable
- Most of our work has continued one-to-one or over the telephone, including interventions, with preparatory work starting for accredited programmes and education, training and employment sessions delivered to those due to start their Community Payback
- Importantly, domestic abuse safety advisors have continued to support victims
Following the latest national health advice and guidelines around social distancing we are now:
- Gradually increasing face-to-face supervision and the amount of unpaid work hours we can deliver safely
- Continuing with our telephone support line
- Planning on how we can restart group work programmes and rehabilitative interventions in innovative, socially distanced ways
To request a copy of our latest exceptional delivery model, email our communications team.