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Community Payback Orders 

Community Payback Orders (CPOs) are Court imposed Orders which consist of the following requirements:

  • supervision
  • unpaid work
  • alcohol/drug treatment
  • mental health treatment
  • Programme Requirement; Caledonian System (Domestic Abuse), Moving Forward Making Changes (Sexual Offences)
  • compensation

A CPO can last from 6 months to 3 years.

Non compliance with the requirements of a CPO can result in the matter returning to court and an alternative disposal being imposed, such as a custodial sentence.

Unpaid work options

Unpaid work can be a requirement of a CPO. Projects can be individual or group based.

Group projects

Up to 5 supervised squads can be working across communities on any day of the week. Projects can include:

  • litter and graffiti removal
  • building garden furniture and planters (for sale to the public)
  • working in a market garden (produce is sold to the public)
  • repairing and painting community halls
  • creating play areas and planting beds in schools
  • environmental conservation work
  • delivering donations to food banks

Individual projects

These can include:

  • working in a charity shop
  • working in museums and community centres
  • Womens' Group - making craft items 

30% (or 30 hours of the order, whichever is less) can be used to undertake 'other activity' which would be of benefit. For example training courses.

Income generation project

Furniture, plants and crafts made by service users are sold to the public. Profits are donated to local charities.

Information about Community Payback Projects can be found in the CPO Annual Report (PDF, 2.49mb).

Principles of Community Payback

We aim to provide opportunities for service users to:

  • make a contribution to communities
  • gain skills
  • experience a work environment

Any work undertaken should not deprive an other individual of paid employment. Work does not include statutory council services.

Do you have a project for our team?

Community Payback Schemes benefit local communities as well as service users. Voluntary, community or faith organisations, with projects that might benefit from our skills set should contact the Community Payback office.

Bail supervision

SACRO operates this service for individuals awaiting trial at Kilmarnock and Ayr Sheriff Courts. Priority for bail supervision is given to:

  • those with mental health problems
  • women accused
  • single parents
  • young people aged between 16 and 17 years of age. 

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO)

If drug problems have contributed to an individual's offending, the court may find that a DTTO is appropriate. This order places the individual under the supervision of a social worker. An addiction service member of staff is responsible for treatment and testing the individual. Reviews are held at Court by the Sheriff. 

Contact Justice Services


  • Community Payback (Unpaid Work) : 01294 608900
  • Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO) : 01294 322640
  • Partnership Delivery Team: 01294 322640
  • Fieldwork Team (Supervision Throughcare) : 01563 570836


  • Community Payback Office, Unit 4 Block 2, Moorpark Industrial Estate, Stevenston, KA20 3JT
  • Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, South West Scotland Justice Partnership, Unit 83 Third Avenue, Irvine, KA12 8HN
  • Partnership Delivery Team, South West Scotland Justice Partnership, Unit 83 Third Avenue, Irvine, KA12 8HN
  • Fieldwork Team, 157 New Street, Stevenston, KA20 3HL