Offenders’ ‘community payback’ work at Burnley community centre

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Offenders have been carrying out unpaid work at a Burnley community centre.

Convicts sentenced by the courts were drafted in to work on the Terracefields building as part of their “Community Payback”.

The scheme, which is an alternative to a prison, saw them clearing out unwanted furniture from the top floor of the Springfield Road centre.

Karen Heseltine, from the Dall Street Residents’ Association, which runs activities at Terracefields, praised the scheme,

She said: “We simply can’t thank the Community Payback team enough for their hard work and enthusiasm they all put into the project.

“It has made a massive improvement to the centre, and we can now start to draw up plans of what we can use the upstairs rooms for in the future, once we’ve raised funds and got help to make some further improvements.”

Mike Waite, from the community engagement team at Burnley Council, said: “Support from Community Payback, run by the Probation Trust, really assisted the programme of improvements underway in the building.”