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Community Awards

The prestigious awards are presented annually by the Howard League for Penal Reform to people and organisations whose innovative work helps to make communities safer.

Community Awards 2022

These are the Howard League for Penal Reform annual awards for the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime – projects which help keep people out of the criminal justice system by providing alternative, proportionate, effective, and targeted interventions, helping to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Our annual awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it with children, women, mental health programmes or restorative approaches.  Each year the awards attract a flood of entries from projects and organisations and it is always striking to see how many schemes go above and beyond in their service delivery and practice. We want to hear about schemes you are a part of and/or know of who are deserving of recognition and praise for their excellent work in the community, the success stories are proof that we can change lives and reduce crime.

We are delighted to announce the Chair of the Community Awards 2022 will be Dr Ben Bradford, Trustee, Howard League for Penal Reform.


We are also delighted to announce the introduction of a new category this year ‘Racial Disparities in Youth Justice’.

Women category

Racial Disparities in Youth Justice category

Policing and Children category

Policing and Adult category

Liaison and Diversion category

Restorative Approaches category

Criminal Justice Champion category

Organisation of the Year category

Confirmed judging panel so far:

  • Dr Ben Bradford, Trustee, Howard League for Penal Reform (Chair)
  • Superintendent Stan Gilmour, LPA Commander – Reading, Thames Valley Police
  • Glyn Thomas, Head of Implementation, Liaison and Diversion Programme, NHS England
  • Nicola Tutty, National Lead for Female Pathways, Liaison and Diversion Programme, Health & Justice Team, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England
  • Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager, Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League reserves the right to cancel an entry at any time.

The judging panel reserves the right to not award a winner in any particular category.

The judging decision is final.

Dates for your diary:

  • Monday 16 May – nominations open
  • Tuesday 26 July – nominations close
  • Thursday 8 September – Judging panel meet
  • Friday 9 September – Shortlisted projects announced
  • Online Community Awards ceremony – date to be confirmed

Find out more from guest blogs about the awards

  • Guest blog by Sofia Buncy, National Coordinator, Muslim Women in Prison Project, Criminal Justice Champion winner, Community Awards 2020.
  • Guest blog by Anna Hemmings, CEO, GamCare, organisation of the year winners, Community Awards 2020.
  • Guest blog by the chair of the judging panel on the launch of last year’s awards.
  • Read a blog by Neil Platt, explaining how winning a Community Award was the starting-point for the conception of the Howard League’s ground-breaking Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling. Neil Platt is Clinical Director, Beacon Counselling Trust and Commissioner, The Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling.
  • ‘Not only are the awards a great opportunity to network and grow they also provide much-needed encouragement for others who may be struggling to understand how best to move forward’ writes Superintendent Stan Gilmour, Head of the Violence Reduction Unit, Thames Valley Police in his guest blog.
  • In her guest blog, Nicola Tutty, National Implementation manager, NHS England and NHS Improvement National Liaison & Diversion programme and also a judge the Community Awards explores how the awards give the perfect opportunity to see some of the fantastic work from different projects around the country and to think about how we can best share all the innovation with other services nationally.
  • In his blog, Steve Jones, Director of Remedi, a former recipient of our Community Award, is reflecting on the last few months and on the awards themselves.


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