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Trust work helps save close to £1m for area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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THE team behind community payback in South Derbyshire has revealed that various schemes during the past 12 months have helped save the area nearly £1 million.

Derbyshire Probation Trust revealed the astonishing figure as it celebrated being named as one of the best trusts in the entire country.

The service offered up a detailed explanation of how the work it does helps the area as well as discussing why it has been picked for praise after it was awarded five stars by the British Quality Foundation (BQF) in its Recognised for Excellence programme.

Jo Mead, chief executive of Derbyshire Probation Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this result which shows the innovation and commitment of our dedicated staff working to transforming lives and reducing crime in Derbyshire.”

Recognised for Excellence is Europe’s leading recognition programme for organisational performance, and forms part of the EFQM Levels of Excellence.

By gaining five stars, the trust has improved on its previous three and four star ratings to demonstrate that it is operating to a very high standard.

Ian Stokes, interim chief executive of the BQF, said: “The probation service, and the trusts that make it up, has consistently exhibited both passion and commitment for achieving excellence. Derbyshire Probation Trust has continued in this proud tradition and, by increasing its score for the second time, has shown how persevering on an excellence journey can pay real dividends.”

One of the 35 probation trusts in England and Wales, Derbyshire Probation Trust deals with around 4,000 people each month who are either on community orders or have been released from prison.

Its community payback scheme resulted in almost 163,000 hours of unpaid work in 2013, which was worth almost £900,000.

It also gave offenders access to almost 10,000 hours of basic skills teaching or work related training.

More information about the trust, and the work that it does in South Derbyshire, is now available online by visiting http://dpsonline.org.uk/

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