Following nomination by a service user, Fiona Sample (CEO) and Caroline Chrisp (Mentor Manager) yesterday won Awards for service to rehabilitation at the NEPACs Ruth Cranfield Awards 2022.
The awards have been running since 2004 and in 2018 were renamed in honour of long standing Nepacs’ patron Ruth Cranfield who had the vision and energy to organise the beginnings of Nepacs in its present day form. Nepacs want to ensure their Awards reward, promote and celebrate that kind of commitment in others working in the difficult climate of today.
Each year the Nepacs Ruth Cranfield Awards highlight and celebrate examples of exceptional work by people in the North East in the cause of rehabilitating prisoners into society and helping to cut the risk of re-offending.
This year’s awards and certificates were presented by Susan Howard, Prisons Group Director – North East Prisons Group at an event on Tuesday 27 September 2022 at Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street.
The awards celebrated projects that support prisoners planning for release and afterwards, working with agencies to help promote purposeful and communal activity and build self-belief, helping them to re-establish themselves outside prison, securing accommodation, work and positive family relationships.