Parish hall is given revamp

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A much-valued community facility has been given a new lease of life thanks to teams of offenders.

Selston Parish Hall was looking dull and neglected until Community Payback stepped in to paint and brighten up the foyer, toilets, offices and function rooms.

Led by Nottinghamshire Probation Trust supervisor Darren Maynard, teams have been working throughout the quieter summer months to ensure the hall’s busy calendar of autumn events is not disrupted.

Sarah Ball is Selston Parish Council’s Clerk and called on Community Payback after working with the scheme at Awsworth Parish Council.

“The hall is used every day by various groups and people of all ages and before the revamp it was messy and untidy.”

“I would absolutely recommend community payback to others, without them the work wouldn’t have been done. I can’t describe just how much we appreciate everything.”

The newly modernised venue now hopes to attract more bookings for parties and other social events.

Working on this and other similar projects means offenders not only give something back to the community but also take away new skills to help them in future employment.