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.
After a summer spent reviewing and rating the 300+ nominations received for this year’s Award Scheme, our volunteer Sifting Panel met at the end of September to agree the shortlist to go through to the final stage of judging for the 2017-18 Butler Trust Awards.
The standard was as high as ever and the decision-making as difficult as always – but after much deliberation, the Sifting Panel agreed to put through a final shortlist of 43 nominations.
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.
Do you know someone who goes ‘above and beyond’? There’s still time to nominate them for a Butler Trust Award, but you’ll need to get your skates on because nominations close on 30 June and we can’t accept any submitted after that date.
Nominations will need to be signed off via your Local Champion before they can be sent on to us. The nomination form includes guidance showing who you should forward your nomination to so that this information can be collected.
[Note for Local Champions: if you have any queries about completing the supporting documentation and getting nominations signed off, please contact us as soon as possible (and before the 30 June deadline!)]
The dust may only just have settled on the Award Ceremony for last year’s winners, but nominations are now open for this year’s Awards (with a closing date of 30 June)!
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).
Please note: the closing date for nominations is 30 June and the Trust will not be able to accept nominations received after this time.