The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade, has visited St Clare’s Church in Warren Park to celebrate 20 years of Community Payback.
Community Payback is a scheme that enables people on probation to work in the community and its work in the borough is the result of a partnership between Havant Borough Council (HBC) and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOWCRC).
During the Mayor's visit, he enjoyed refreshments with the Community Payback officers and those taking part in the scheme to talk about their work and how it was benefiting the borough.
The Mayor previously worked for the Probation Service before retiring and knows all about the great work the Community Payback scheme has done for Havant Borough Council.
Most recently, teams have cleared litter, debris and vegetation from Warren Park, Leigh Park, Stockheath Common, Wecock, West Leigh - helping to make them more attractive places for residents to visit.
The Mayor of Havant, Cllr Peter Wade, said: "Since 1998, Community Payback has helped rehabilitate those on probation by giving them a way to pay back their debt to society.
"I'm proud that Havant Borough Council has been able to help deliver such a successful scheme and I hope this partnership can continue long into the future."
Jeff Harris, HIOWCRC’s placement coordinator, said: “We deploy our teams quickly and pride ourselves on being highly responsive. We clear fly-tipping, debris and vegetation to make the areas safe for children to play.
"Community Payback is made for people who have broken the law, but it is also a way for participants to take pride in the positive work they have carried out and to help them successfully rehabilitate."