The Awards are presented by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and help give credit where it’s due to people who go above and beyond in their work in prisons, probation and youth justice settings (including volunteers and third-party employees) – and just being nominated shows someone’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Butler Trust News
[27 March, Freiston, Lincs] In her role as Royal Patron of the Butler Trust, HRH The Princess Royal makes a number of visits to prisons, probation and youth justice settings each year, to see first hand some of the outstanding work taking place throughout the sector. This time it was the turn of HMP North Sea Camp.
This was the first time The Princess had visited the establishment (a rarity as she has visited most prisons during the 33 years she has been our Patron). She started off at the farm, where she was greeted by 2017-18 Commendee Andrew Wright, and his rare breed pigs and sheep. From there, she visited industries, an accommodation unit, the gym – where she also met Safer Custody staff, including 2016-17 winner Annette Duckham – and education, before heading off to the chapel for a reception during which she met staff from all parts of the prison. And although her arrival was delayed by the weather, The Princess extended her visit beyond her scheduled departure, to ensure she didn’t miss anyone out
At the end of the visit, the Governor, Michelle Quirke, thanked The Princess for coming and invited her to unveil a plaque commemorating the occasion. In true Butler Trust tradition, she also presented HRH with some chocolate brownies (baked by her husband) for the journey home!
15 March 2018, St James’s Palace, London: The Butler Trust’s 33rd Annual Award Ceremony, hosted by HRH The Princess Royal, took place on 15 March, in the State Rooms at St James’s Palace.
The Princess presented 11 Awards and 19 Commendations to a total of 33 staff members and volunteers from prison and community justice settings throughout the UK, and among the 200 guests from across the criminal justice sector were: Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke; Minister for Prisons and Probation, Rory Stewart; Chief Executive of HMPPS, Michael Spurr; Heads of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Prison Services, Colin McConnell and Ronnie Armour; and the Head of the Youth Justice Board, Colin Allars.
Described by her Governor as ‘exceptional’, she wins an Award for the outstanding support she has provided, over many years, to both prisoners and staff, and for developing a network of volunteers which now delivers over 50 hours of counselling each week.
The 2017-18 Butler Trust Award Winners and Commendees have just been announced. The Awards once again reflect some of the best – and often very moving – examples of the dedication, skill, and creativity found throughout the criminal justice system. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of the Trust, will present our Winners with their Awards and Commendations at our Award Ceremony, to be held later in the year.
Full Sutton prison near York has a particularly impressive history of achievement within the Butler Trust Awards, winning five Awards and a Commendation in the last eight years alone.
On the afternoon of 7 November, as the rain began to fall, our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, arrived at the gates of the prison, to see our winners in their place of work, and meet their colleagues from across the jail.
Escorted by the Governor, Jennifer Willis, The Princess began her visit, appropriately enough, in Visits, where she met Pete Jarvis and Gerry Ryan, Award Winners from 2016 and 2017, respectively, and a number of colleagues closely involved in creating the prison’s “rehabilitative culture”.