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2021 Community Awards Winners

The Howard League Community Awards were presented at an online event on 19 October 2021.

Winners and Commendations by category

Women category

Winner

Open Mentoring Project – The Women’s Centre Cornwall

The Women’s Centre Cornwall received the award for its Open Mentoring project, which supports women who have been involved in crime or may be at risk of becoming involved in crime. It gives a diverse group of volunteer mentors, who have faced and overcome challenges, the chance to inspire other women to move forward with their lives. All are trained in understanding trauma.

Commendation

Womens’ Pathfinder – Future 4 (Safer Wales, Llanmau, Include and G4S)  

Runner up

Recourse – Lancashire Women in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary 

Policing and children

Winner

REBOOT, Early Intervention Youth Programme – Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

The early intervention diversionary programme has supported almost 1,200 young people in its first two years of operation, with statutory services, private organisations and community groups working together to reduce the risk of them becoming involved in crime.

Commendation

Creative One-to-One Early Intervention Projects – Synergy Theatre Project

Runner up

Calderdale Early Action Team – West Yorkshire Police

Policing and adults

Winner

Cleveland Divert – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

The scheme seeks to reduce Cleveland’s high reoffending rates by addressing the behaviour of adults who have become involved in crime for the first time and diverting them towards support, away from the criminal justice system.

Commendation

Employment Pathway – The Recruitment Junction

Runner up

DIVERT – Cranstoun

Liaison and diversion

Winner

Browns Intensive Support Services – Browns Community Services CIC

The community-based service supports single adults and couples with multiple complex needs, including those who are at risk of offending or re-offending. The service supports clients who have significant challenging behaviours including a history of causing harm to themselves and others and of not engaging successfully with other services. This is a partnership project with The Safer Slough and Thames Valley Police. 

Runner up

Hub & Spoke Model: Supported Housing – The Well Communities CIC

Children in care and care leavers

Winner

SWITCH – Sussex Police

Sussex Police received the award for for its Switch intervention programme. The project provides independent mentoring for young care leavers aged 17 to 25, who may be involved in violent crime, victims of exploitation or on the periphery of criminality and victimisation and at risk of entering the criminal justice system. 

Commendation

A Protocol for London: Reducing Criminalisation of Looked after Children and Care Leavers – MOPAC 

Runner up

Children & Community Resilience: Youth Justice Partnership and Children in Care Team – North Lincolnshire Council 

Restorative approaches

Winner

Manchester YOUTH Restorative Programme – REMEDI: Restorative Services

The partnership between the Manchester Youth Justice Service and Remedi has existed for over a decade – this specific project has been operating for 2 years to use restorative practices and restorative justice to divert young people from the criminal justice system effectively.

Commendation

‘Dyslexia Behind Bars II’ – The Cascade Foundation 

Criminal Justice Champion

Winner

Steve Jones – Remedi Restorative Services

Steven Jones has been with restorative justice charity Remedi for almost 20 years, working as director for much of that time. The charity has expanded its portfolio of services during this period and is now the largest employer of restorative practitioners in Europe, with more than 120 staff and volunteers.

Winner

Dr Kate Paradine – Women in Prison

Dr Kate Paradine, Chief Executive of Women in Prison, has been a tenacious and fearless voice campaigning for systemic and policy changes affecting women in the criminal justice system. She has been at the forefront of putting pressure on the government to reverse its decision to build 500 new prison places for women. Alongside key partners, she co-founded a national coalition of women’s centres collectively making the case for sustainable funding for women’s specialist services and for establishing a women’s centre in each local authority area.

Commendation

Dame Vera Baird QC – Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales

Organisation of the year

Winner

The Media Academy Cymru (MAC) 

Since it was founded in 2010, MAC has guided more than 10,000 children and young people away from the criminal justice system by creating triage diversion programmes in Wales.

Winner

NIACRO 

NIACRO is a voluntary organisation based in Northern Ireland, which has been working for 50 years to reduce crime and its impact on communities. NIACRO supports children and young people; families affected by imprisonment; and adults in prison and in the community, including those who have been through the justice system and those whose lifestyles may lead to offending behaviour.

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