Work with the Third (or voluntary) Sector
The Ayrshire Community Trust and Criminal Justice Community Payback Team work closely together to support those who are subject to an order. This North Ayrshire project assists individuals to maximise their employability potential as it is one of the main barriers to reducing re-offending.
CPOs with unpaid work requirements can be a stepping stone in terms of employability and for some individuals it is their first experience of a structured work environment. The opportunities that this project offers for offenders undertaking unpaid work revolve around increasing their employability.
Criminal Justice retains the statutory responsibility for the supervision of these individuals while they remain subject to their CPOs and The Ayrshire Community Trust offers ongoing support for those who still need additional support when their order has ended to ensure continuity.
People’s chances of getting a paid job can be enhanced if they are supported in a suitable volunteering opportunity – it can help to build confidence, communication skills and experience of the world of work, and strengthen work-related abilities such as time-keeping, punctuality and dealing with other people. As such, the Community Payback Team has been working in close partnership with TACT and North Ayrshire Council Economy and Communities in the start of a Demonstration Garden based at Eglinton Park.
Placements have been created for those on CP Orders to have the opportunity to gain skills in hard and soft landscaping, growing food and flowers and upcycling of unwanted goods.
It is hoped to broaden this partnership with Ayrshire College so that individuals will be able to gain a recognised qualification from the work they are doing.