Church to showcase community payback’s hard work

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STEYNING Methodist Church has had a decor refresh and is hosting an open day for all to see.

This weekend will see the culmination of six month’s work by offenders to redecorate the church.

Offenders work in the community as part of their sentence, under the supervision of the Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust (SSPT), and are involved in a variety of different projects across the country.

The SSPT’s Community Payback team has been painting the church hall and other areas, including the large meeting room, kitchen, vestry, and toilets, while also carrying out general maintenance in the church.

Lesley Unsted, SSPT Community Payback Delivery Manager, said: “We have been able to transform the hall and offenders have worked hard over a long period of time whilst also learning new skills.

“The Community Payback project will really benefit both church goers and the local community. The offenders have the chance to give something back to the community, and there are strong signs that this type of work stops people re-offending.”

Phil Clarke from Steyning Methodist Church said: “The open day is a great opportunity to see the work of the Community Payback scheme and the excellent job that the team of offenders have done at Steyning Methodist Church.

“We are holding an open day in our refurbished hall on to promote all the activities regularly held there.”

The open day at Steyning Methodist Church, High Street, Steyning is on Saturday July 16 at 10am.