Parents, toddlers, pensioners and sporting groups in North Yorkshire have all benefited from the work delivered by offenders working on Community Payback at the East Thirsk Community Hall.
A team from Community payback, which is managed by HLNY Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) have spent the past weeks painting the hall and tidying up the garden and car parking areas.
East Thirsk Community Hall was opened after a “buy a brick appeal” in 1994 to create a facility which would benefit the local community following developments across the town and the present committee have worked hard over the last two years to refurbish and equip the hall to a high standard to support your events.
Community Payback in North Yorkshire is managed by HLNY CRC in partnership with several organisations, and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects that benefit the community. 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.
East Thirsk Community Hall chairwoman Cynthia Hesmondhalgh said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the lads for all the hard work they have done.
“The hall and garden look great so please thank your lads and the supervisor for a job well done. Community payback was discussed recently at a council meeting I encouraged the council to use your lads and praised them for a very good job done.”
Joe Murphy, unpaid work placement coordinator at HLNY CRC, said: “The team from HLNY CRC have put in many hours to bring the facilities at East Thirsk Community Hall up-to-date for all the people who use it from mums and babies groups, pensioners and sports teams.
“This benefits the people of East Thirsk and ourselves as we are able to use the skills of the services users to meet the demands of the placement.”
The Community Payback Team at HLNY CRC would like to hear about other projects which residents think will make a real difference. You can nominate project here