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6 Oct 2017

An open day at the Nelson Trust

A successful charity, which has won national acclaim for guiding people away from crime, opened its doors for a special event.

The Nelson Trust made the headlines last year when its work was celebrated in the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Awards scheme. Visitors were able to join a tour of the charity’s women’s centre in Swindon to find out more about its success.

The Nelson Trust works with police, courts, judges, prisons and the voluntary sector to prevent crime and make communities safer. Providing residential treatment and a range of community programmes, it helps people to recover from addiction and address issues that are often linked to patterns of offending behaviour, such as homelessness, poverty, trauma, abuse, sex work, debt, unemployment, domestic abuse and family breakdown.

The Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Awards are awarded annually to the country’s most successful community projects that encourage desistance from crime.

Speakers at the event included Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform; John Trolan, Chief Executive of the Nelson Trust; Diana Barran, Chief Executive of Safelives; and Charlie Armstrong, Chief of Staff to Wendy Williams, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and HM Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services.

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  1. The Nelson Trust was the runner-up in the Organisation of the Year category of the 2016 Howard League Community Awards. More information about the awards can be found on the Howard League website.


Rob Preece
Campaigns and Communications Manager
The Howard League for Penal Reform
Tel: +44 (0)20 7241 7880
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 604955

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