We have been working with the Community Payback Scheme at Ron Jones House, one of our supported housing project in Bristol.
The team of up to eight individuals, supervised by the Probation Service, have been helping us to improve the appearance of communal areas in the project which were looking a little tired.
They started work in mid-January and they will be visiting the project weekly for a couple of months to improve different areas of the building.
The work undertaken so far is already making a difference. The team have freshened up the laundry with a new coat of paint and have started doing the same to the games room. They have also powerwashed graffiti from a wall outside and the flagstones improving the appearance of the outside of the building too. The plan is that they will move on to painting communal corridors and even our office space.
We do pay probation for the work but at just £50 a day it is excellent value and much less than we would pay a contractor for the same work. We were also really grateful to be able to purchase the paint at cost price helping to keep the costs of the project as low as possible whilst making a big impact to the project.
As the payback scheme team finish working in each area of the building we plan to make further improvements. For example we are planning to install smoking bins outside to help keep it clean and tidy, and will work to make things feel more homely for example by displaying some inspirational quotes. This is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the environment our residents live in so that they take pride in where they live.
We are also hopeful that we will be able to work with the scheme at other projects in future and would be excited to hear from any other potential partners who may be able to help us in similar ways.