Marking four decades of Community Payback

Spring Hall Lunch Club From the left, Agrippina Marchukwho has attended the Lunch Club for 24 years, Dorothy Schmidt, Ghulam Mustafa, Paul Schmidt, and Danica Kershaw.

Spring Hall Lunch Club From the left, Agrippina Marchukwho has attended the Lunch Club for 24 years, Dorothy Schmidt, Ghulam Mustafa, Paul Schmidt, and Danica Kershaw.

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The Community Payback scheme is celebrating 40 years in Calderdale.

Since 1972, there have been projects across the district run by West Yorkshire Probation Trust which see offenders giving up their time for free to improve communities.

They include the Spring Hall Lunch Club in Halifax which provides soup and sandwiches with tea and coffee for elderly people, followed by games, quizzes and occassional entertainment.

Meanwhile the probation trust has also been highlighting the importance of talking about alcohol mususe and its health risks, social problems and stigmas during this week’s Alcohol Awareness Week.

Gavin Lee, West Yorkshire Probation Trust’s partnership manager said; “It really is time to talk about drinking. The effects of alcohol misuse impacts not only on individuals but their families and communities.

“Alcohol misuse can give rise to serious problems of disorderly conduct, nuisance, criminal damage and alcohol-related assaults, particularly in the proximity of licensed premises at closing time. In addition, it can increase fear of crime and so reduce the quality of life for many people. This is clearly unacceptable.”