Offenders Transform Chichester Church Hall
Offenders have completed the decoration of St George's Chuch Hall is Whyke, Chichester, after almost a year of work.
Offenders work in the community as part of their sentence, under the supervision of the Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust (SSPT), and are involved in a variety of different projects across the county.
At the church hall offenders have been working a day a week, repairing and painting the hall, corridors, toilets and entrance lobby.
Father Cradduck said: We are delighted to have been working with SSPT and offenders. The quality of work has been great and because of the excellent supervision we have been able to let them just get on with the work.
We are a church which is committed to serving the wider community and the work carried out by the offenders has helped us do this. We would recommend this scheme highly.
Rosie Martin, Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust Community Payback Manager, said: We have been able to totally transform the hall and offenders are working hard doing real work whilst also learning new skills.
The Community Payback project will really benefit both church goers and the local community. The offenders have the chance to give something back to the community, and there are strong signs that this type of work stops people re-offending.
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