Residents and organisations in Bo’ness are reaping the rewards, and, at the same time, proving that crime really doesn’t pay.
More than 400 individuals, community groups and local associations have benefited from Falkirk Council’s ‘Community Payback’ scheme.
The scheme sees offenders who have been given community payback orders as part of their sentence carrying out tasks that specifically help the community either as individuals or as part of a larger team.
In 2012/13, the group performed more than 56,000 hours of unpaid work across the Falkirk council area, including Bo’ness. Kinneil Estates, Blackness Beach, Deanburn Nursery and Craigmailen Church, along with some private individuals, have all benefited from the offenders’ time and efforts in helping their community via the payback programme.
During their supervised work scheme, offenders have an opportunity to learn new skills as well as make themselves potentially more employable for the future.