Winners at last night’s Probation Awards

06 July 2016

SHAUN Anderson was “numb” following being named as the national Probation Champion of the year at a ceremony overseen by Minister Andrew Selous last night.

The probation case manager at the Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) not only won his category – Working in Partnership – but was also picked by judges as the event’s overall winner.

The annual Probation Champion of the Year awards is a national scheme that showcases the best in probation, both throughout the CRCs and the National Probation Service.

Purple Futures, an Interserve-led partnership, had three finalists. Joining Shaun at the event, which was hosted at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire, was CGM CRC’s equality and diversity officer Amy Hall together with HIOW CRC’s Jed Stone, veterans peer mentor coordinator.

Shaun said: “I’m feeling a bit numb. I’m feeling absolutely amazed. It is great for the Scunthorpe team and the management who have supported all the work we do.”

Shaun received the award for his pioneering outreach work, which involves him meeting people who have offended in their workplaces, homes and community in order to engage them as effectively as possible.

Yvonne Thomas, Interserve’s managing director of Justice, said: “It is a stunning illustration of the commitment to excellent service that Shaun exhibits that lead to him being chosen as the Probation Champion of the year.

“I am also thrilled that our CRCs were so well represented at last night’s awards. My warmest congratulations go out to our three finalists Shaun, Amy and Jed. They have richly deserved the accolades that their work has earned and they are excellent examples of the approach that we are bringing to probation.”

Amy was recognised for her work supporting people on probation who have autism, and also for developing practice with female service users and military veterans.

Jed was a finalist in the Innovation category. The former naval officer has helped make the CRC’s veterans’ peer mentor scheme more relevant and accessible by recruiting former prisoners and service personnel to become mentors.

The winners were chosen from more than 18,000 nominations from across England and Wales, there were 22 finalists and eight winners.