Butler Trust March 2019
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The Butler Trust verdict is in…

We’re delighted to announce that our shortlisted nominees have been successful in the 2019-2020 Butler Trust Awards.

With almost 350 nominations received by the Butler Trust this year, and only 10 awards, 22 commendations and around 50 certificates being granted in total, this is a fantastic achievement.

HRH The Princess Royal will be presenting commendations to the following Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) probation staff:

Probation Service Officer Emmy Mercan was instrumental in setting up the Crawley Breakfast Club to engage more women service users. It has undoubtedly broken down barriers so some of the hardest to reach service users receive the correct support to help turn their lives around. Emmy has established strong relationships with a range of partner agencies to help make this happen, providing a lifeline for both homeless and women service users.

Senior Probation Officer Lisa Udale and Volunteer Manager Deborah McLening have been the driving force for the creation of the case support worker team. KSS CRC employs ex-offenders as case support workers to encourage people on probation to turn away from a life of crime. Their own experiences of criminality and the probation service allow them to better engage with the most challenging service users. The number of serious breaches has declined dramatically since being in post and this wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and hard work from Lisa and Deborah to make it a reality.

The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 26 March 2020 at St. James’s Palace.

Two employees from our probation services in Wales and two employees from Seetec, our parent company, will also receive Butler Trust certificates.

Seetec’s Head of Prison Employment Louise Atherton, and Employment Coach Juliet Cain, for their role in successfully establishing employment coaching in prison workshops. They have made a difference by engaging prisoners who have previously been hard to reach, difficult to motivate and exhibited challenging behaviour.

Senior Probation Officer Natalie Bevan and Case Worker Gethin Probert, Wales Probation Services, for their work supporting service users to access residential rehabilitation to address heir alcohol and drug dependencies. Through Natalie’s leadership and Gethin’s engagement, Wales Probation Services has found the greatest success comes from the Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPO) cohort.

Chief Executive Officer for KSS CRC Suki Binning said: “These results really are a reflection on our probation and prison services, demonstrating how passionate and hard working our staff are.

“All our nominees are truly deserving of their certificate or commendation and I am so glad they’re receiving this recognition to show that their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.”

Find more information on The Butler Trust Awards here.