Grimsby charity Walkers Rescue Kennels, which helps re-house stray and abandoned dogs in North-East Lincolnshire, has praised offenders working on a Community Payback project to help refurbish their facilities in Grainthorpe.
Walkers Kennels recently requested the help of Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (HLNY CRC) to carry out a Community Payback project at the kennels.
Offenders, worked to clear the site of ivy and undergrowth, tidy up the grounds as well as repainting and carrying out general repair work on the kennels.
Walkers Rescue Kennels said: “We would like to thank the Community Payback team and the supervisors from HLNY CRC for all their help and support in helping to paint the Walkers dog rescue kennels.
“We know this is still an ongoing project but we could not have achieved all we did without the support of the team from HLNY CRC and we look forward to working with them again in the future. Their work is a great example of how offenders can put something back into the community while learning important life skills.”
“We could not have achieved all we did without the support of the team from HLNY CRC and we look forward to working with them again in the future. Their work is a great example of how offenders can put something back into the community while learning important life skills”
Many dogs housed at Walkers have come in as strays. After eight days from collection, the dogs are put up for re-homing, when a home check and £70 donation is required before a dog can leave its care.
Community Payback in Lincolnshire is managed by HLNY CRC in partnership with several organisations including local authorities and charities, and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects that benefit the community.
Kelly Dean, project coordinator at HLNY CRC, said: “Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law but it is also a way for those on probation to learn new skills and to support their rehabilitation. The team have learned some important new skills which will help in their rehabilitation.”
The Community Payback scheme works across a wide range of projects in the community in North Yorkshire renovating community gardens, parks, church yards and schools.
Martin Davies, chief executive of HLNY CRC, said: “Community Payback schemes like the one delivered in Lincolnshire provide a means by which people on probation learn new skills to support their future employment prospects and can be seen to be making a positive contribution to society and the community in which they live as part of their rehabilitation.”
*The Community Payback Team at HLNY CRC would like to hear about other projects which residents think will make a real difference to their community. You can nominate project here.