After a turbulent year for the sector, it is a pleasure – and a highly positive comment on those working on the frontline – to report that nominations for the 2017-2018 Butler Trust Awards have equalled the record-breaking nominations seen last year. Once again, there has been an impressive range of nominations by prisoners, accounting for over a quarter of all prison nominations. We have also seen a very high number of nominations from probation, in particular from the National Probation Service.
These results are a reminder that, for all the negative headlines that dominate the media, there is an extraordinary amount of generally unsung and extremely positive work going on. It is work that gets noticed and appreciated by colleagues and offenders alike, however, and so a Butler Trust nomination is a chance to acknowledge someone making a real difference to people’s lives.