Yesterday two schemes which Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg has supported were recognised at an awards event hosted by North East Charity Nepacs. Both schemes prioritise reducing re-offending.
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.
This year’s awards and certificates were presented by Dr Jo Farrar, chief executive of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) at an event on at Lumley Castle in Chester le Street.
The awards celebrate 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.
Mark Davies, a Volunteer Community Peer Leader, with the PCVC’s Community Peer Mentor Scheme,received one of the five awards presented. Having come from a difficult and abusive background Mark has turned his life round to support vulnerable and unengaged members of society, befriending and supporting individuals throughout the county. Mark also challenges poor and anti-social behaviour through sharing his own experience, with practical guidance on a one-to-one basis. More information on the Community Peer Mentors Scheme can be found here.
The Checkpoint team, run by Durham Constabulary but introduced by the PCVC, received a certificate of high commendation. Checkpoint’ is a programme which aims to reduce the number of victims of crime by reducing reoffending, thereby making all our communities safer places to live and work. Checkpoint offers eligible offenders a contract to engage as an alternative to prosecution. The contract offers interventions to address the underlying reasons why they committed the crime to prevent them from doing it again to somebody else. Further information can be found here.
Further information on all of the 2019 Nepacs Ruth Cranfield award winners is available here.
Posted on Thursday 19th September 2019