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Rewarding the best in prisoner reintegration.

We believe that returning citizens deserve the very best chance for a fresh start after they have served the time for their crime.

The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-Integration was established by members of Lord Corbett’s family in conjunction with the Prison Reform Trust. It is now administered by The Corbett Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise.

The judging has been done. The winners were selected from applications of such high calibre it engendered much discussion among our judges. Finally our three winners were chosen in the categories Winner, High Commended and Commended and we are excited to introduce them – soon.

Watch this space!

ALANA HOUSE WIN 2024 ROBIN CORBETT AWARD FOR PRISONER REINTEGRATION

The winner of this year’s Robin Corbett Award (RCA) is Alana House, a women’s community project which supports and empowers women facing multiple disadvantages to make positive changes in their lives.

RCA Judges were impressed by the practical way Alana House uses a trauma-informed, empathetic approach which diverts women away from the criminal justice system.

Lady Val Corbett, Founder of the Robin Corbett Award, says: “Our judges include the Director Prison Reform Trust, Former Head London Prisons, President Prison Governors Association, Former Secretary of State for Justice, a serving Magistrate, a retired Judge and a former prisoner. All agreed that the applicants were of the highest standard since the RCA began in 2013 and though the decision was difficult as all applicants had merit, we are happy with the three worthy winners we chose.

“The 2024 winner, Alana House/PACT, established in 2010, supports women who had committed offences but needed support to make positive life changes. The two Highly Commended winners, Prisoners Abroad helps British citizens detained overseas and, just as important, supports their families while the RIFT WISE Project project aims to empower women with convictions by providing impactful self-employment support.”

As this year’s winner, Alana House will receive £5000, a glass plaque donated by James Timpson and a book “A Life Well Lived”, about her husband, written by Lady Corbett.

Two Highly Commended winners are: Prisoners Abroad and RIFT WISE Project who each receive £2,500, a glass plaque and the Robin Corbett book.

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INTRODUCING OUR 2023 WINNERS

The winner of this year’s Robin Corbett Award (RCA) is leading prisoner reintegration charity, The Hardman Trust whose focus is working with people who have served long-term prison sentences of ten years or more.

The RCA judging panel were impressed by the practical way The Hardman Trust supports long-term returning citizens from the gate into employment with help, training and support. Judges include the Director of the Prison Reform Trust, a retired High Court Judge and President of the Prison Governors Association.

Lady Val Corbett, Founder of the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Reintegration, says: “This year’s winner, The Hardman Trust, under the inspired leadership of CEO Kerryn Wotton, won through supporting some of the 11,000 serving sentences of 10 years or more. They are the only charity to do so in England, Wales and Scotland and provide support in preparing for release and follow up with practical help to achieve their personal goals. From finding and sustaining work to starting a training course or university degree and also provide grants for a laptop, tools and equipment or vocational courses.”

As this year’s winner, The Hardman Trust will receive £5000, a glass plaque donated by James Timpson and a book “A Life Well Lived”, about her husband, written by Lady Corbett.

The Hardman Trust is the only charity in the UK focusing specifically on the unique needs of people on long-term prison sentences. In the 30 years since the charity was formed, prison populations have increased by 75% and sentences have become much longer. Over 2,000 people are released from prison annually after serving 10 years or more, and this number is growing (MOJ data). They provide tailored support to each individual to plan for their life after prison. (The Trust knows) that when people leaving prison are supported into education, training or employment they experience improved wellbeing, are more likely to reintegrate successfully, and are less likely to reoffend. This creates more purposeful and fulfilling lives for people leaving prison, and helps our communities become safer and more prosperous for all. They know that when people leaving prison are supported into education, training or employment they experience improved wellbeing, are more likely to reintegrate successfully, and are less likely to reoffend. This creates more purposeful and fulfilling lives for people leaving prison, and helps our communities become safer and more prosperous for all.

For more information: https://www.hardmantrust.org.uk

The Robin Corbett Award other winners in the Highly Commended category for their outstanding work are: Bounce Back and Recycling Lives who each receive £2,000, a glass plaque and the Robin Corbett book.

Bounce Back started in 2011 as a small painting and decorating social enterprise. Since then, 4000 people have been trained to get jobs in the construction industry. They work with people six months prior to release so they can start to earn money as soon as they leave prison which helps reduce re-offending. They also help people to gain self-employment status to avoid any barriers and recognise that not only returning citizens need support, so do employers who’ve hired them.

https://www.bouncebackproject.com

Recycling Lives was founded in 2008, with an aim of reducing homelessness and reoffending by supporting men and women into stable housing and employment. Later food redistribution was added to tackle food poverty. Meeting prisoners at the gate of the jail they offer support with life skills, a flat in their purpose-built block and permanent employment. Inmates who work for Recycling Lives inside prisons are paid the market rate but half their money is invested so when released some receive enough to put towards rent or transport.

www.recyclinglives.org

We believe that returning citizens deserve the very best chance for a fresh start after they have served the time for their crime.

The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-Integration was established in 2013 by members of Lord Corbett’s family in conjunction with the Prison Reform Trust. It is now administered by The Corbett Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise. (Company number 11846765)

Our judges had a real dilemma because this was possibly the highest standard since the Award started nine years ago in honour of my husband’s legacy in prison reform. For 10 years until his death in 2012, he was Chair of the All Party Penal Affairs Group.

At the judging session there was no doubt about the winner who scored the highest points but two charities could not be separated. Judges, who include the Director of the Prison Reform and President of the Prison Governors Association, decided on two Highly Commended winners, both doing different work and helping many returning citizens.

Meet the 2022 Winners on the Winners page

Finally they made the decision and you can meet the three – Winner and Highly Commended – on the Winners page

2023 Awards Applications open: 6th February 2023 Closing date: 28th April 2023 Judging: by 12th May 2023 Winners announced: 14 June 2023

Applications open: 1st March 2022

Closing date: 20th May 2022

Judging: first week June 2022

Winners announced: mid June 2022

Presentation in House of Lords: ahead of the All Party Penal Affairs Group meeting

We believe that returning citizens deserve the very best chance for a fresh start after they have served the time for their crime.

The Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-Integration was established by members of Lord Corbett’s family in conjunction with the Prison Reform Trust. It is now administered by The Corbett Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise.

Applications for the 2020 Robin Corbett Award are now open!
Learn more about the Awards and start you application today by clicking on the button below.

Closing Date: 18th December 2020

About

Proudly sponsored by the Chrysalis Foundation and St Modwen Homes, the prize fund of £10,000 is shared between 3 charities who support re-integration in local communities for returning citizens. Presentation of the Awards is usually at the House of Lords and winners are our guests at tea in Peers Dining Room, then a tour of the House of Lords before going to the Presentation ceremony.

2024 winners

Alana House

PRISONERS ABOARD

RIFT Social Enterprise

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ROBIN CORBETT AWARD

MORE ABOUT ROBIN

THE MAN BEHIND THE AWARD

As an MP, Robin Corbett’s Private Member’s Bill guaranteed lifetime anonymity for victims of rape in courts and the media. He was also the respected former Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee and, as Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, was for 10 years until his death in February 2012, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group.

The Award was inaugurated at a celebration of Robin’s life in June 2012. The first Award was presented a year later at the House of Lords.

The Corbett family are proud to continue his legacy:

“Prison isn’t full of bad people. It’s full of people who’ve done bad things and most need a second chance to change their lives.” – Robin Corbett

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DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE

“ Education and rehabilitation - for which Robin Corbett campaigned so vigorously during his ten years as chair of the All-Party Prison Reform Group - are the only ways to give offenders the chance of changing their lives.”

Cherie Blair
QC

“The Award is an important part of the creation of high quality rehabilitative opportunities for prisoners. Small scale, local projects provide a vital gateway back to normal, daily life, and help prisoners to resist further offending”

Lord Carlile of Berriew
CBE QC

“This award honours the wonderful life work of Robin Corbett who wanted education to be a new beginning for prisoners and a pathway to a lifetime of self respect and opportunity.”

Baroness Crawley
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