If you are a charity, social enterprise or CIC, who supports re-integration in local communities for returning citizens, then we want to hear from you!
Applications for the 2022 Awards will open on 1st September 2021 and close mid-December 2021. If you have a good story to tell about supporting people both inside prison or after release, you stand a chance at winning one of three prizes: £5K, £3K or £1K.
MEETING 2021 WINNERS – SOON
Judging has taken place for the 2021 awards, the three winners have been chosen and their names will be publicised soon.
Thank you to everyone who applied. Judges had a tough time selecting the winners but after intensive discussions, the three winners were selected. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all applicants for taking the time to share your story and give an insight into your work. It is inspirational to see so many positive projects and organisations taking innovative and considerable steps in supporting returning citizens in life after prison. The awards honour the work of Robin Corbett and his passion for prison reform which you continue to honour every day in your work.
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 have pleasure to showing you our three 2020 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)
During the pandemic the above is not possible so plaques and books will be sent by courier. We hope that when things go back to normal, future winners will be able to have their prizes presented at the Houses of Parliament.
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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.
SOME OF OUR WINNERS
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!
“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.”
“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.”
“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."
“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."
“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."
“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."
“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."
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.
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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