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 2024 Awards open in March 2024. 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. And obtaining national and local publicity which aids future fund raising.
Thank you to all applicants who took the time to share your story and give an insight into your work for the 2022 Awards. It is always inspirational to see so many positive projects and organisations taking innovative and considerable steps in supporting returning citizens in life after prison. Though your project might not have won, do think about reapplying as in past years unsuccessful applicants became winners. Please consider your answers carefully on the application form – tell your story in a way our Judges can visualise.
The awards honour the work of Robin Corbett and his passion for prison reform which you continue to honour every day in your work.
Chair: David Apparicio MBE, JP (CEO The Chrysalis Programme)
– Lady Val Corbett Founder
– Retired Crown Court Judge John Samuels QC
– Pia Sinha, Director Prison Reform Trust
– David Gauke, former Secretary of State for Justice
– Jonathan Freeman (Managing Director, Earlsbrook Consulting Limited)
– Eoin Mclennan-Murray (Former Prison Governor/ former Chair, Howard League for Penal Reform)
– Geoff Dobson OBE (Prison Reform Trust Trustee)
– Dr Kameel Khan (former Tax Judge and Founder ReMake)
– Ian Bickers former Head of London Prisons
– A returning citizen
– Polly Corbett (Robin Corbett’s daughter)
– Nicholas Dear (Robin’s son-in-law)
The winner receives £5,000; Highly Commended winner gets £3,000 and Commended winner receives £1,000 (thanks to our sponsors, the Chrysalis Foundation and St Modwen Housing).
The presentation is at the House of Lords, we provide fares for the three winners plus one colleague each to travel to London. They then have afternoon tea at Member’s Dining Room in the House of Lords hosted by Lord Grocott and Lady Corbett followed by a short tour of the House of Lords then attend the presentation ceremony.
Apart from the prize money, winners are then presented with an impressive glass plaque donated by James Timpson and a book about Lord Corbett written by Lady Corbett. The Award ceremony at the House of Lords precedes the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group.
Our Publicity Director then sends a press release about the work of the winners to national and local media.
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!
Help us carry on Lord Corbett’s legacy by reaching our goal of raising £50,000 in 2023, by donating today. Every penny helps. Thank you!
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