Unpaid work is a disposal available to Courts involving the supervision and support of offenders within the community. Unpaid work operates seven days a week. Both men and women from age sixteen and above complete between 80 - 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Request unpaid work
We can provide unpaid labour for projects which benefit our local community. We are seeking requests from individuals, local community groups and charities. We provide labour and tools with your group providing the materials e.g. paint, plants or building materials. If you seek our assistance, please complete a request for unpaid work.
Benefitting our local community
Projects take place within the local communities for the benefit of the community and vary according to an individual offenders skills or ability. Projects can involve:
- Building maintenance and landscaping
- Gardening and landscaping projects
- Ground clearance work
- Improvements to park and community facilities
- Leaflet delivery
- Painting and decorating in community centres and empty homes
- Recycling projects
In Stirling last year the Service supervised more than 100 offenders undertaking Unpaid work. They worked approximately 22,000 hours helping communities through-out the year.
Below is a selection of community projects which we have assisted:
- On the Verge (native wildflower community project throughout the Stirling Council area)
- Glendrick Roost (Animal welfare centre, Gartmore)
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (litter picks, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area)
- Start-up Stirling (food bank, Stirling)
- Braehead Community Garden (allotments, Braehead, Stirling)
- Stirling Council's landfill recycling project
- School environmental projects
- Supporting local Community Councils, charities and groups (leaflet drops, throughout the Stirling Council area)
- Stirling Highland Games and various local Village games
Fiscal Work Orders
When an alleged offender appears to have committed a summary offence, the Procurator Fiscal may make the offender a "work offer". These can require a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 50 hours unpaid work, to be undertaken under the supervision of Criminal Justice Social Work staff.
Criminal Justice staff invite the alleged offender to attend for assessment and an explanation of what is involved. If all is in order, people are expected to complete their Fiscal Work Order within 6 months. The work done will be selected by the Criminal Justice staff, and should be of benefit to the local community. Should people fail to attend work as instructed, without providing an acceptable explanation, Criminal Justice staff will return the Fiscal Work Order to the Procurator Fiscal who will then consider alternative courses of action.