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Unpaid work 

Midlothian Criminal Justice Team supervises and supports offenders subject to Community Payback Orders which requires them to complete unpaid work to benefit the community.  These orders can be an alternative to custody and are available for men and women 16 and over who are assessed as suitable.

Unpaid work operates 7 days a week.  Dependant on the type of sentence the court may require offenders to complete between 10 and 300 hours of unpaid work to benefit the community.

These projects take place within the local communities for the benefit of the community and vary according to an individual client’s skills or ability. They may be able to help you with a range of projects that could help you get out and about more – especially if you would like to spend more time in your garden.

Projects can cover:

  • painting and decoration
  • gardening and landscaping – including erecting sheds, putting in bases for sheds, re-felting shed roofs, creating paths. They have a small number of gardens that they complete general gardening on every year.
  • workshop work – to build garden furniture, wheelchair accessible picnic tables, children’s garden furniture

All offenders are supervised at all times on placement and can either work in a group or 1:1.  There may be a small charge for materials but all labour is free.

Contact Criminal Justice to chat to someone about your project on 0131 271 3860

All information on this site is provided to the best of our knowledge but please call the organisation involved for more details.

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