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Probation employees reach Butler Trust awards shortlist

Three probation employees from Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) have reached the final shortlist for the Butler Trust awards. 

Probation Service Officer Emmy Mercan, Volunteer Manager Deborah McLening and Senior Probation Officer Lisa Udale are among the 40 nominations reaching the next stage in the awards scheme. This year alone, the awards have attracted 335 nominations, setting the already high standard even higher.   

The awards, started by the Butler Trust, recognise outstanding practice by those working with offenders through an annual award scheme. 

Nominations from KSS CRC that made the shortlist include: 

Probation Service Officer Emmy Mercan, KSS CRC, for her work setting up the Bridge Breakfast Club in Crawley, helping to increase engagement levels with the probation service and other support agencies. 

Senior Probation Officer Lisa Udale and Volunteer Manager Deborah Mclening, KSS CRC, for driving the creation of the case support workers team. Case support workers share their experience of turning away from a life of crime to individuals on probation to encourage them to do the same. They also provide practical help such as finding a job or a place to live. Over the course of a year, the team has helped to halve serious probation breaches in the local offices where case support workers are based. 

Two employees of Seetec, our parent company, are also on the shortlist.  Seetec’s Employment Coach Juliet Cain and Head of Prison Employment Louise Atherton were instrumental in establishing employment coaching in six different prison workshops, thus increasing the number of prisoners getting into jobs upon release.

Senior Probation Officer Natalie Bevan and Case Worker Gethin Probert, Wales Probation Services, have also received a prestigious Butler Trust certificate for their successful work in getting people into drugs rehab. 

In the new year, the Butler Trust will choose who will win one of their ten awards and 20 commendations which HRH Princess Royal will present at the awards ceremony in March. 

KSS CRC’s Chief Executive Suki Binning said: “I am very proud to see the exceptional work of our probation employees recognised by the Butler Trust. 

“They have all shown outstanding dedication to helping people to turn their lives around and in so doing, are reducing victims and making our communities safer.” 

Congratulations and good luck to our finalists on reaching the next stages. We will keep our fingers firmly crossed until we hear more in the new year. 

You can find out more about the Butler Trust Awards by visiting the official website here.