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Enhance your garden’s biodiversity with a free bird box

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has partnered with the Probation Board for NI and RSPB NI to provide its residents with the opportunity to collect a free bird box to paint and put up in their garden.

Residents are encouraged to collect a bird box when visiting one of our local parks as part of their daily exercise. They will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, said: “We would like to thank the Probation Board staff and those on Community Service for producing a variety of bird boxes over the last few months. We will have 10 bird boxes at a central location in each of the council’s seven District Electoral Areas over the next few weeks. It is important that as the nesting season approaches we try and play our part in providing and protecting the nesting habitat of birds.

“When you get your bird box home please position it in a location that offers the birds a clear flight path to the nest and faces between north and east. To prevent damage to trees please attach the bird box with a nylon bolt or wire instead of nails; and tilt it slightly forward to prevent rain getting in,” concluded Alderman Henderson MBE.

PBNI Assistant Director Stephen Hamilton, said: “The Probation Board is delighted to assist Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council with the bird box project. The work that is carried out both benefits the local community and gives those sentenced an opportunity to give back and make reparation for what they have done.”

Bird boxes will be available at the below locations at the stated time and date. A council officer will be present to offer guidance if needed. We would also like to remind residents to leave any hedge trimming or tree works until after the nesting season, which ends on 31st August.

• Lough Moss car park Friday 19th March 10am to 11am
• Outside Moat Park Pavilion Friday 19th March 1pm -2pm
• Outside the front of Dromara community centre Tuesday 23rd March 10am – 11am
• Outside the front of Moira Demesne education building Tuesday 23rd March 1pm-2pm
• Wallace Park bandstand Thursday 25th March 10am -11am
• Outside the front of Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Thursday 25th March 12noon-1pm
• Stoneyford play area Thursday 25th March 2pm-3pm

If you are unable to collect one from us then you can make your own at home. See how online at RSPB

10,300 hours of Community Service benefit Derry, Limavady and Strabane

Figures compiled for 2016/17 by Probation show that offenders on Community Service in the Derry, Limavady and Strabane area have completed 10,300 hours of unpaid work to benefit local communities. That is worth around £77,250 of work to help local communities in across the North West.

Probation’s Chief Executive, Cheryl Lamont said, “Probation works by changing lives for safer communities and Community Service is a key element in our work. It is a visible and practical method of ensuring offenders pay something back to the community while helping them to develop skills they can use in the future which will prevent them continuing in a cycle of crime.

Community Service is one of the most successful court sentences in terms of preventing re-offending. Three out of four people who complete community service do not re-offend within one year.

Over the past seven years this has translated into over one million hours of unpaid work, worth over seven million pounds, invested into local communities, across Northern Ireland.”

Area Manager Declan Crawley said “We supervise offenders who work on a range of projects including placements with organisations such as Older People North West, Limavady Community Development Initiative, Strabane Community Group, Women’s Aid and Barnardos. Tasks include environmental clean ups, painting, decorating premises, grass cutting and general maintenance.

We also provide assistance through Policing and Community Safety Partnerships to develop projects that target the effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour like graffiti removal or neighbourhood clean ups.

Through these and many other projects over the last year, 10,300 hours of unpaid work has been delivered equating to a reparative value of over £77,250. Many communities within the North West area have benefitted from this as a result.”

Offenders who carry out this unpaid work are able to give something back to communities, make reparation for the crimes they have committed and develop skills to help change their lives away from a cycle of crime. Probation staff supervise these sentences in a robust manner and if someone breaches their sentence they are returned to court.”

If any community group or member of the public has an idea for a project that offenders could work on for the benefit of your community, they can nominate a project for offenders to undertake at www.pbni.org.uk or you can email us at this address: communityservice@pbni.gsi.gov.uk

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  1. The Criminal Justice Inspection in their follow up report “A follow-up review of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s Community Service Scheme” used a reparative value calculated against the National Minimum Wage for the Community Service Scheme. This reparative value calculation was used to show the reparative value of Community Service for the year 2016/17. Currently this is £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds and a living wage of £7.50 for 25 year olds and over. Most of those on Community Service are 25 years or older.

22,400 hours of Community Service benefits Newry, Banbridge and Portadown.

Figures compiled for 2016/17 by Probation show that offenders on Community Service in the Newry, Banbridge and Portadown area have completed 22,400 hours of unpaid work to benefit local communities. That is around £168,000 worth of work to help local communities in Newry, Banbridge and Portadown.

Probation’s Chief Executive, Cheryl Lamont said, “Probation works by changing lives for safer communities and Community Service is a key element in our work. It is a visible and practical method of ensuring offenders pay something back to the community while helping them to develop skills they can use in the future which will prevent them continuing in a cycle of crime.

Community Service is one of the most successful court sentences in terms of preventing re-offending. Three out of four people who complete community service do not re-offend within one year.

Over the past seven years this has translated into over one million hours of unpaid work, worth over seven million pounds, invested into local communities, across Northern Ireland.”

Rural South Area Manager, David Young said, “We supervise offenders who work on a range of projects including painting and decorating premises used by youth/community groups such as Drumgor Detached Youthwork project, Regener8, St Mary’s Youth Club, grass cutting and general maintenance on projects at Benburb Priory and Portadown Football Club, as well as various local churches.

We also work with the local Council and provide assistance through Policing and Community Safety Partnerships to develop projects that target the effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour such as neighbourhood clean ups.

Through these and many other projects over the last year, 22,400 hours of unpaid work has been delivered equating to a reparative value of over £168,000. Many communities within the Greater Belfast area have benefitted from this as a result.”

Offenders who carry out this unpaid work are able to give something back to communities, make reparation for the crimes they have committed and develop skills to help change their lives away from a cycle of crime. Probation staff supervise these sentences in a robust manner and if someone breaches their sentence they are returned to court.”

If any community group or member of the public has an idea for a project that offenders could work on for the benefit of your community, they can nominate a project for offenders to undertake at www.pbni.org.uk or you can email us at this address: communityservice@pbni.gsi.gov.uk

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  1. The Criminal Justice Inspection in their follow up report “A follow-up review of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s Community Service Scheme” used a reparative value calculated against the National Minimum Wage for the Community Service Scheme. This reparative value calculation was used to show the reparative value of Community Service for the year 2016/17. Currently this is £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds and a living wage of £7.50 for 25 year olds and over. Most of those on Community Service are 25 years or older.

8,500 hours of Community Service benefits Enniskillen and Omagh

Figures compiled for 2016/17 by Probation show that offenders on Community Service in the Enniskillen and Omagh area have completed 8,500 hours of unpaid work to benefit local communities. That is over £63,750 worth of work to help local communities in Enniskillen and Omagh.

Probation’s Chief Executive, Cheryl Lamont said, “Probation works by changing lives for safer communities and Community Service is a key element in our work. It is a visible and practical method of ensuring offenders pay something back to the community while helping them to develop skills they can use in the future which will prevent them continuing in a cycle of crime.

Community Service is one of the most successful court sentences in terms of preventing re-offending. Three out of four people who complete community service do not re-offend within one year.

Over the past seven years this has translated into over one million hours of unpaid work, worth over seven million pounds, invested into local communities, across Northern Ireland.”

Rural West Area Manager, Paul Devlin said “We supervise offenders who work on a range of projects including environmental clean ups, painting and decorating premises used by community groups, grass cutting and general maintenance on projects such as the Share Centre, Lisnaskea which is the largest residential outdoor activity centre in Ireland which deals with people from all backgrounds, the new Eco Centre at Mullaghmore, and Omagh’s Castleview Community Association. We also work closely with all local churches and community groups maintaining grounds and graveyards.

Through these and many other projects over the last year, 8,500 hours of unpaid work has been delivered equating to a reparative value of over £63,750. Many communities within the Rural West area have benefitted from this as a result.”

Offenders who carry out this unpaid work are able to give something back to communities, make reparation for the crimes they have committed and develop skills to help change their lives away from a cycle of crime. Probation staff supervise these sentences in a robust manner and if someone breaches their sentence they are returned to court.”

If any community group or member of the public has an idea for a project that offenders could work on for the benefit of your community, they can nominate a project for offenders to undertake at www.pbni.org.uk or you can email us at this address: communityservice@pbni.gsi.gov.uk

ENDS                                                                                                                             

  1. The Criminal Justice Inspection in their follow up report “A follow-up review of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s Community Service Scheme” used a reparative value calculated against the National Minimum Wage for the Community Service Scheme. This reparative value calculation was used to show the reparative value of Community Service for the year 2016/17. Currently this is £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds and a living wage of £7.50 for 25 year olds and over. Most of those on Community Service are 25 years or older.

14,300 hours of Community Service benefits Armagh, Dungannon, Cookstown & Magherafelt

Figures compiled for 2016/17 by Probation show that offenders on Community Service in the Mid Ulster and Armagh area have completed 14,300 hours of unpaid work to benefit local communities. That is over £107,250 worth of work to help local communities in Armagh, Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt.

Probation’s Chief Executive, Cheryl Lamont said, “Probation works by changing lives for safer communities and Community Service is a key element in our work. It is a visible and practical method of ensuring offenders pay something back to the community while helping them to develop skills they can use in the future which will prevent them continuing in a cycle of crime.

Community Service is one of the most successful court sentences in terms of preventing re-offending. Three out of four people who complete community service do not re-offend within one year.

Over the past seven years this has translated into over one million hours of unpaid work, worth over seven million pounds, invested into local communities, across Northern Ireland.”

Probation Area Manager for Mid Ulster, Ruth McKelvey said, “We supervise offenders working on a range of projects including environmental clean ups, painting and decorating community premises, grass cutting, and maintenance. These projects have included Benburb Priory, Manor House Moneymore, Dungannon Youth Resource centre, Cookstown Community Cancer Care, Cancer Research Dungannon, Barnardos Cookstown, and The Lurach Centre Maghera.

We also work with Mid Ulster District Council and provide assistance through Policing and Community Safety Partnerships to develop projects that target the effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour through graffiti removal or neighbourhood clean ups.

Through these and many other projects over the last year, 14,300 hours of unpaid work has been delivered equating to a reparative value of £107,250. Many communities within the Mid Ulster area have benefitted from this as a result.”

Offenders who carry out this unpaid work are able to give something back to communities, make reparation for the crimes they have committed and develop skills to help change their lives away from a cycle of crime. Probation staff supervise these sentences in a robust manner and if someone breaches their sentence they are returned to court.”

If any community group or member of the public has an idea for a project that offenders could work on for the benefit of your community, they can nominate a project for offenders to undertake at www.pbni.org.uk or you can email us at this address: communityservice@pbni.gsi.gov.uk

ENDS                                                                                                                             

  1. The Criminal Justice Inspection in their follow up report “A follow-up review of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s Community Service Scheme” used a reparative value calculated against the National Minimum Wage for the Community Service Scheme. This reparative value calculation was used to show the reparative value of Community Service for the year 2016/17. Currently this is £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds and a living wage of £7.50 for 25 year olds and over. Most of those on Community Service are 25 years or older.

76,100 hours of Community Service benefits Belfast

Figures compiled for 2016/17 by Probation show that offenders on Community Service in the Belfast area have completed 76,100 hours of unpaid work to benefit local communities. That is around £570,000 worth of work to help local communities in Belfast.

Probation’s Chief Executive, Cheryl Lamont said, “Probation works by changing lives for safer communities and Community Service is a key element in our work.  It is a visible and practical method of ensuring offenders pay something back to the community while helping them to develop skills they can use in the future which will prevent them continuing in a cycle of crime.

Community Service is one of the most successful court sentences in terms of preventing re-offending. Three out of four people who complete community service do not re-offend within one year.

Over the past seven years this has translated into over one million hours of unpaid work, worth over seven million pounds, invested into local communities, across Northern Ireland.”

Community Service Area manager for Belfast, Aisling Reynolds said, “We supervise offenders working on a range of projects including environmental clean ups, painting and decorating community premises, grass cutting, and maintenance.  These projects have included Lagan Towpath, Cruise, Queen Street building, Oxfam, Milltown Cemetery, Clonard, Corpus Christie, East Belfast Mission, and Oasis.  We also work with Belfast City Council and provide assistance to Policing and Community Safety Partnership projects that target the effects of criminal and anti-social behaviour like graffiti removal or neighbourhood clean ups.  These have included projects in the Holylands, Lower Ormeau, and Upper Queens Street. This has been added to with a Graffiti Removal Service van through partnership with Belfast City Council. We also have a large number of placements giving back to the community through assisting charity shops, and local community centres.

Through these and many other projects over the last year, 76,100 hours of unpaid work has been delivered equating to a reparative value of over £570,000. Many communities within the Greater Belfast area have benefitted from this as a result.”

Offenders who carry out this unpaid work are able to give something back to communities, make reparation for the crimes they have committed and develop skills to help change their lives away from a cycle of crime. Probation staff supervise these sentences in a robust manner and if someone breaches their sentence they are returned to court.”

If any community group or member of the public has an idea for a project that offenders could work on for the benefit of your community, they can nominate a project for offenders to undertake at www.pbni.org.uk or you can email us at this address: communityservice@pbni.gsi.gov.uk

ENDS      

The Criminal Justice Inspection in their follow up report “A follow-up review of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s Community Service Scheme” used a reparative value calculated against the National Minimum Wage for the Community Service Scheme. This reparative value calculation was used to show the reparative value of Community Service for the year 2016/17.  Currently this is £7.05 for 21 to 24 year olds and a living wage of £7.50 for 25 year olds and over. Most of those on Community Service are 25 years or older.