Probation award winners recognised at Cardiff ceremony

Caroline McCormack with Michael SpurrA number of people from Wales CRC recently attended an awards ceremony in Cardiff, hosted by HMPPS Wales, to celebrate their hard work, commitment and dedication in working with offenders and victims to improve lives, transform communities and reduce reoffending.
 
Successful in receiving awards were: 
 
  • Graham Thomas, who received the probation leadership award thanks to his work as Community Payback development manager
  • Peter Salami, who was awarded the supporting victims award for his role as a Restorative Justice facilitator
  • Caroline McCormack, who received the changing lives in probation award in her role as probation officer following a nomination from a service user for making a positive impact on their rehabilitation; and
  • The Restorative Justice team who were handed the award for probation team of the year, highlighting their great teamwork and incredible passion for Restorative Justice. 
The night also turned out to be a double success for Caroline who picked up the Probation Champion of the Year award, which was presented to her by Chief Executive of HMPPS Michael Spurr.
 
Speaking after the event, Caroline said: “I've worked in Probation for 20 years. It's a difficult job and it's not often that our good work gets promoted. I felt overwhelmed, shocked and honoured to receive the award and really appreciated the recognition.”
 
Hosting the awards was Amy Rees, Executive Director of HMPPS in Wales: “I feel genuinely privileged to be able to host this fantastic event which celebrates the outstanding team in Wales. I hope every single award winner enjoyed the celebration.”
 
Dawn Blower, Probation Director for Wales CRC, said: “I am incredibly proud of the work we do in Wales. Our award winners are fabulous examples of the professional and dedicated people across the organisation who, every day, change lives for the better and improve local communities.”
 
Aside from the awards ceremony, our award winning Restorative Justice team hosted a stand displaying the good work they do.
 
Strategic lead for Restorative Justice, Rhian Lovell, who added: “We are absolutely delighted to see the Restorative Justice team recognised for the hard work they undertake to enable victims to get closure and service users to acknowledge the harm they have caused."