HRH Princess Anne honours team

10 March 2017

A UNIQUE project for women on Community Payback in the Wirral has won a commendation from the prestigious Butler Trust scheme.

HRH Princess Anne is the Butler Trust’s patron and presented the award yesterday at St James’ Palace. The Butler Trust recognises, celebrates, and develops outstanding work and best practice in prisons, probation and youth justice settings, across the UK.

The Community Payback initiative is based at the Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) centre and is run in partnership with the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC).

Angela Murphy, former M CRC case manager, is now chief executive officer of the TWW charity. She worked with M CRC case manager Kerry Howard to implement a service that could break down barriers for women offenders and enable them to complete their Community Payback court orders at TWW, a female friendly environment.

The Community Payback team will receive their commendation from the Butler Trust at a ceremony hosted at St James’s Palace on March 9th.

Angela said: “I am thrilled that the team has won this national accolade. The award highlights a brilliant partnership that benefits women in our community.

“The team has worked incredibly hard and this recognition is evidence that what we are doing is working.”

The TWW criminal justice and empowerment coordinator, Nicky Boughey, supervises the women on community payback orders. Along with a team of volunteers, Nicky is helped by volunteer supervisor Sandra Jones. Sandra is a former service user who completed an unpaid work order and now provides mentoring support to other women sentenced to the order.

Simon Shepherd, The Butler Trust Director, said: “We were particularly impressed by TWW and how the team have helped achieve a new ‘gold standard’ in Merseyside for women undertaking Community Payback orders.
This women-centred and supportive environment is not only delivering new skills, it’s delivering new hope, too.”

Rosie Goodwin, M CRC Community Director, said: “The creation of a Community Payback provision within a women’s centre has been a phenomenal achievement.

“With low breach rates and high rates of completion, the collaborative community payback project is an innovative example of the positive work being done in probation.”

The types of work the women undertake include maintaining TWW’s grounds and a community garden. Women are encouraged to gain qualifications in horticulture. The TWW community kitchen also provides an opportunity for women to earn catering qualifications.

The Community Payback scheme was a response to a report Baroness Corston published in 2007 which set the future quality standards for working with women in the criminal justice system.

M CRC responded to the report by collaborating with TWW, a therapeutic women’s centre, to run Community Payback operations on site.