Insights Seetec Group Confirms Three Nominations at Butler Trust Awards
21 October 2019

Seetec Group Confirms Three Nominations at Butler Trust Awards

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Seetec Justice employees and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company employees (KSS CRC) reach industry’s Oscars shortlist with three nominations.

The prestigious awards were started by the Butler Trust in 1985 by Veronica Linklater now Baroness Linklater of Butterstone, former prison governor, Rev Peter Timms OBE, and David Astor, former editor of The Observer, to recognise and celebrate outstanding practice by those working with offenders, through an annual award scheme.   

The trust, named after former Home Secretary Richard Austen Butler, has quickly become one of the highlights for the prison and probation industry calendar. This year alone the awards have attracted 335 nominations, setting the already high standard even higher. But after much deliberation, the Sifting Panel agreed to a final shortlist of 40 nominations including Louise Atherton, Juliet Cain, Emmy Mercan, Lisa Udale and Deborah Mclening for their nominated categories and Natalie Bevan and Gethin Probert for their achievements in supporting people with drug addiction.

Nominations from Seetec’s prison and probation services that made the shortlist include:

Seetec’s Head of Prison Employment Louise Atherton and Employment Coach Juliet Cain for their instrumental work in establishing employment coaching in six different prison workshops, thus increasing the number of prisoners getting into jobs upon release. 

Probation Service Officer Emmy Mercan, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, for her work setting up the Bridge Breakfast Club in Crawley, helping to increase engagement levels with the probation service and other support agencies. 

Senior Probation Officer Lisa Udale and Volunteer Manager Deborah Mclening, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, for driving the creation of the case support workers team. Case support workers share their experience of turning away from a life of crime to individuals on probation to encourage them to do the same. They also provide practical help such as finding a job or a place to live. Over the course of a year, the team has helped to halve serious probation breaches in the local offices where case support workers are based. 

Senior Probation Officer Natalie Bevan and Case Worker Gethin Probert, Wales Probation Services also receive a prestigious Butler Trust certificate for their successful work in getting people into drugs rehab.

In the new year, the Butler Trust will choose who will win one of their ten awards and 20 commendations which HRH Princess Royal will present at the awards ceremony in March.

Seetec’s Managing Director John Baumback said: “I am so proud to see the Butler Trust recognise so many of our excellent Seetec and probation services employees.

“It is an amazing achievement and signifies the outstanding dedication these employees have shown to helping people to make long-lasting changes to their lives away from offending.”

Seetec Justice supports around 35,000 offenders each year to make long-lasting changes away from offending through its rehabilitation services in five prisons and four local probation services.

You can find out more about the Butler Trust Awards by visiting the official website here