The award judges commended the winner for the commitment and dedication of its volunteers and their contribution to helping people in prison address the consequences of their offending and to lead a law-abiding life on release.
The restorative programme started two years ago and has given sentenced prisoners on the Isle of Man an opportunity to reflect on the impact of their actions on others and to repair and maintain good relations with their own families. Through its close links with the community, the charity has been able to arrange accommodation and support for some prisoners on release as well as help to change the attitudes of people on the island to living and working with former offenders. The charity has worked successfully to persuade business owners and accommodation providers to offer jobs and housing to former prisoners when they would not have done previously. The Prison Reform Trust was able to attract considerable press interest for this award leading to a TV news report and two radio broadcasts, recorded in the prison with prisoners, volunteers, the governor and Lady Corbett.
"Winning this prestigious award with our Restorative Justice programme has raised our profile locally and nationally. And the money from the Award has enabled us to develop additional programmes in the Prison and in the Island community offering more opportunities for offender rehabilitation. Hopefully these will allow them a better chance to reintegrate into the community on release and rebuild their lives making a better future for themselves, for their families and for our Island as well as the wider world."
- Marcia Brabbs, Group Leader and Trustee, PrisonWorks, Isle of Man
Rehabilitation schemes are rarely publicised though winners of the Award have featured prominently in national and local newspapers and also local TV and radio.
Mirror:"The prisoners who want to turn their lives around"The photo above shows Polly Hudson (Robin’s daughter) who wrote the article