If you are a charity, social enterprise or CIC, who support re-integration in local communities for returning citizens then we want to hear from you!

Applications for the 2021  Awards are now open for your charity, social enterprise, or CIC.
Please complete the application form and email it to

Closing Date: 18th December 2020

But what about this year’s awards?
Thank you to the 41 charities that applied. Judges had a tough time selecting the 2020 winners but out of 41 applications, three shone out.

Unfortunately the presentation ceremony at the House of Lords was Covid-cancelled, but we now have the pleasure to announce the three winners.


Chair: Lord Ramsbotham (former Chief Inspector of Prisons)
– Retired Crown Court Judge John Samuels QC
– Peter Dawson (Director of Prison Reform Trust)
– Andrea Albutt (President, Prison Governors Association)
– David Apparicio (CEO, The Chrysalis Programme)
– Jonathan Freeman (Managing Director, Earlsbrook Consulting Limited)
– Eoin Mclennan-Murray (Former  Prison Governor and former Chair, Howard League for Penal Reform)
– Geoff Dobson OBE (Prison Reform Trust Trustee)
– An ex-offender
– Lady Corbett
– Polly Corbett (Robin Corbett’s daughter)
– Nicholas Dear (Robin’s son-inlaw)


  1. The winner receives £5,000; Highly Commended winner gets £3,000 and Commended winner receives £1,000 (thanks to sponsorship from the Chrysalis Foundation )
  2. When the presentation is at the House of Lords, we provide fares for the three winners plus one colleague each to travel to London
  3. They then have afternoon tea at Member’s Dining Room in the House of Lords hosted by Lord Ramsbotham (Chair of the RCA Judges and Co-Chair Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group) and Lady Corbett followed by ..
  4. Short tour of the House of Lords by Lord Ramsbotham
  5. Winners are then presented with the prize money, a glass plaque donated by James Timpson and a book about Lord Corbett. The Award ceremony at the House of Lords precedes the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group.
  6. A press release about their work is sent to national and local media.
We hope very much that future winners will have their prize presented at the Houses of Parliament.

other benefits include

Raising significant awareness of the work the winners do. Not only will it highlight the example of good practice, but will also broaden their Brand reach.

Winners will get the chance for potential for new partnerships and developments. It will also increase their profile for future funding opportunities.
Nick Dear, the Award’s publicity director, will work with winners to create a press release to draw attention to their success in national and local media.


Our bike recycling project has had a hugely positive couple of years since winning the Robin Corbett Award. We’re about to move to a new, bigger workshop inside the secure area of the prison. We have hired an assistant for John (our wonderful workshop instructor, whom you met) so we can open 50 weeks a year, and we’re looking to launch a follow-on work placement scheme for ex-offenders servicing bikes for the public early next year. All this progress was kickstarted by the positive media coverage we got from the Award in 2017. So thank you!

Ed Norton
Development Manager Life Cycle UK

“It is fantastic to have recognition of our hard work across the country, from finding purposeful employment for the individuals we work with to assisting ex-prisoners with stable housing and supporting peer networks. The Award will allow us to expand our mental health and well-being support services, to offer new services and meet growing demand.”

Alasdair Jackson
CEO of Recycling Lives Charity

“It is wonderful to have our work connecting women in prison with employers who match their skills and aspiration recognised. The prize money will go directly towards the delivery of a planned programme of cross-sector events and open days and the profile that comes from the award will enable us to expand our operations and engage with a wider range of private sector employers.”

Maggie Walsh
CEO of A Fairer Chance

“It is wonderful to receive the Commended prize from this prestigious Award, and a vindication of the work of our organisation. We hope that the raised profile resulting from the Award will impact positively on our future funding enabling us to extend our work and the prize money will go towards this end."

Jo Burden
CEO of Circles South West

“We have used the RCA Award money to help fund a fulltime professional recruitment consultant in Birmingham to help us accelerate Inside Job. He is building relationships with local employers while our colleague, Jonathan, who is still serving his sentence, finds the best candidates inside. Those in prison and after released are worth investing in. I passionately believe when we raise the bottom rung of our society we all walk taller."

Heather Phillips
CEO Beating Time

“RMF are delighted to have been recognised for the training and employment we provide to currently serving prisoners as well as to those after release. We hope this Award and the successes RMF has experienced from training and employing those with previous offences, will encourage blue-chip companies and large projects such as Hs2 to modernise their recruitment channels and create real social value."

Dara McCarthy
Operations Manager, RMF Group

“We are absolutely delighted to win this Award. Looking at the calibre of previous winners, we have big shoes to fill! To be assessed as being amongst those organisations as peers, is a massive step for Code4000. Being fairly new in this space we are really pleased to be recognised in this way. We are super grateful to the MoJ and New Futures Network for helping us to make this happen and look forward to reporting more graduates into highly paid tech sector employment. We have a really exciting year ahead of us in 2020, with female prisons coming on board and further expansion into London and this just kicks it off brilliantly."

Rod Anderson
Founder Code4000

“Winning the award has meant that we have had an incredible response on social media and Switchback is being celebrated by so many of our supporters and others in the Criminal Justice Sector. A massive THANK YOU to The Prison Reform Trust and the Robin Corbett Award for recognising the value of the work that Switchback does and for helping more people to hear about the incredible journey that our Trainees decide to embark on."

Alice Dawnay
CEO Switchback

DOING MORE: Growth Fund

We launched the Growth Fund in 2020, in order to help even more charities in their mission to support the re-integration of ex-offenders into society.

Each year we will aim to award further prizes of up to £10,000 to charities delivering on this mission.

Are you a charity helping the re-integration and support of returning citizens? Then we want to hear from you. Apply and see if we can help you.

Special thanks to the Barrow Cadbury Trust for their support in administering this Award.

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For more information on the Robin Corbett Award or the Growth Fund, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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