Unpaid Work

The Court can decide that participants are required to undertake work that will benefit other people and pay back the community for the harm or damage their offending has caused. This is an Unpaid Work Requirement that they must do as part of their sentence and the courts can give sentences of between 40 and 300 hours of Community Payback.

There can be lots of different types of work that participants can do including clearing public footpaths, painting/refurbishing community buildings and clearing community gardens/allotments. Participants work at least 7 hours a week and have to finish the Requirement within 12 months.

As well as making amends to the community, the work may also help participants to learn new skills and get on better with those around them. The facilities at the Oakwood Centre also provide the opportunity for participants to gain an accredited qualification.


Placing education, training and employment at the heart of our work, Durham Tees Valley CRC provide a four week opportunity for participants completing their Unpaid Work Requirement to gain accredited qualifications through work experience in an area of their choice, combined with skills for employment.  Through a partnership with Three13, the Advance Programme at the Oakwood Centre includes:

  • 1:1 Mentoring
  • NOCN Level 1 Award
  • Team building
  • Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
  • Health & Safety
  • Confidence building
  • CV skills
  • Employer expectations

Click here to see the latest news from the Oakwood Centre. If you would like any further information on the partnership and our approach to rehabilitation, please contact our Communications Officer.


Updated on Friday May 29, 2015.