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Three employees reach National Probation Awards finals

Three employees from KSS CRC’s probation services have reached the finals of the National Probation Awards.

Run by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the awards recognise the incredible hard work of probation staff across England and Wales. There are nine categories with the winner from seven announced on the night of the awards ceremony.

Our finalists are:

Probation Service Officer Emmy Mercan from KSS CRC’s Kent, Surrey and Sussex division for Change and Innovation

Emmy set up a Breakfast Club with church volunteers to break down service users’ barriers to engaging with probation and other agencies that can help with offending related issues such as drugs, housing and unemployment.

Restorative Justice Facilitator Alyson Colcombe from Wales for Supporting Victims

Alyson helped to set up adult restorative justice in Gwent, and has received some amazing feedback from victims and offenders alike about her work.

Probation Service Officer Georgina Doliczny from our Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire division for Partnership Working.

Georgina worked with the police to protect a vulnerable individual on probation who had received threats on his life and who was subjected to ‘modern slavery.’  She helped the individual to leave the area immediately with the police for his own safety, got him drugs help, set him up a new bank account, and sorted him some new clothing.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company’s Chief Executive Suki Binning said:

“We are immensely proud of our finalists exceptional achievements. The National Probation Awards recognise the leading edge of probation practice and the good work taking place. With over 20,000 probation staff working across England and Wales, having three of the 21 individual awards’ finalists from our service, demonstrates the outstanding work and innovation happening to reduce reoffending and improve lives across our divisions.”

The awards ceremony has been moved from its usual position in summer owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. HMPPS will reschedule it later this year.

Earlier this year, the Butler Trust commended three of our employees at their virtual awards. One of our Wales’ employee won the HMPPS’s Wales Champion of the Year.