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9 Nov 2017

Howard League Community Awards for successful projects that cut crime

Successful community projects that reduce crime and transform lives for the better have been honoured with prestigious national awards.

The Howard League for Penal Reform presented Community Awards and commendations to more than a dozen of the very best schemes in the country.

Projects from Avon and Somerset, Berkshire, Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, London, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands were among the commended entries.

Rose Mahon, of the Nelson Trust, which runs women’s centres in Gloucester and Swindon, was named Criminal Justice Champion.

The Organisation of the Year category was won by two projects – 41 Goodison Road, a scheme run by Everton Football Club; and Giroscope, a charity based in Hull.

Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Our Community Awards celebrate the success of projects that guide people away from crime and make us all safer.

“Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations.”

Winners and Commendations by category

Organisation of the Year (two winners)

41 Goodison Road – Everton in the Community, Everton Football Club


Youth Justice SEND Project, Achievement for All (AfA)

Criminal Justice Champion

Rose Mahon – The Nelson Trust

Michael Corrigan – Prosper 4 Group

CJ Burge – The SOS+ Project, St Giles Trust


Enrich Programme, Alana House – Parents and Children Together

Doncaster Women’s Centre and Community Hub – Changing Lives

Restorative approaches

The Skill Mill

Special mention
Restorative Gloucestershire

Special mention
Lancashire Constabulary

Special mention
Birmingham Restorative Justice Service, West Midlands Police

Policing and adults

Problem Gambling – Diversion Pathway for Criminal Justice System – Cheshire Constabulary and Beacon Counselling Trust

The Drug Education Programme – Avon and Somerset Constabulary/Swanswell

Policing and children

Divert, Youth Justice Services – Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington

Liaison and diversion

Coventry Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service – Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Wirral Integrated Offender Management Team – Partnership of Merseyside Police, National Probation Service, Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, Wirral Ways to Recovery

Time to Recover – Compass Project 2012

Project Future – MAC-UK, Haringey Council and Barnet, Enfield, Haringey NHS Mental Trust

Residential care

Pan Dorset Children in Care Protocol, Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

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. More information about all the winners, runners-up and commended entries can be found on the Howard League website:


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