Following the concerns recently raised on face book, The Green Team would like to make the following statement:

The Green Team has been operating in Goole for 20 years, during that time we have regularly worked with and helped individuals from many organisations, statutory, Charity and private – including the Probation Service. There have never been any incidents that have adversely affected or caused us to question either our philosophy or methods, however this recent data breach and the depth of feeling shown on face book has made us re-evaluate our position.

The individuals who were the subjects of this post are no longer working with The Green Team or The Green Team Works CIC. This information has been advised to all the necessary authorities. A full report of the incident, public reaction and our subsequent investigation and outcome of that investigation has been forwarded to The Charity Commission.

Going forward, whilst the organisation still passionately believes that anyone who genuinely  wants to move their lives forward should be allowed, whatever past misdemeanours there may have been, to have that opportunity. The Green Team has always looked at the person as presented and tried not to be judgemental of the historical information. Those judgements are for other authorities to make.

However as parents and grandparents we can understand that some crimes are more emotive than others and that public perceptions and feelings have to be taken in consideration within our decision making process. We therefore have decided that we will interact with the probation service in a very limited capacity.

Whilst we understand the emotions that have been and are still being expressed we would like the community of Goole to know that we have always been assured by the Probation Service that they would not place anyone with ourselves whom they feel would pose a risk to our volunteers, the general public, our clients or those in their care.

These events have had a negative effect not only on the public of Goole but in the short term the ability of The Green Team to offer the gardening service at the levels previously provided and has adversely affected our short term cash flow and financial position, however with the support of the community we can move forward and continue to provide a valuable and important service to Goole.

Board of Trustees.

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