Two practitioners from London CRC have been chosen as two of 10 overall Butler Trust Award winners this year.
The Butler Trust Awards were established in 1985 to recognise outstanding work across the UK justice sector and are presented annually by their patron HRH The Princess Royal.
Alice Burrows (Senior Probation Practitioner) and Sarah Viner (Senior Probation Officer) have been selected from over 300 nominations to be honoured in the 2019-20 Butler Trust Awards. Simon Shepherd, Director of the Butler Trust said of Alice and Sarah’s win, ‘We received almost 350 nominations this year from which Trustees granted only 10 Awards and 22 Commendations in total, so this is a real achievement of which I hope you and all your staff will feel justly proud.’
Alice Burrows, who was nominated for her exceptional work with Integrated Offender Management (IOM) service users, has achieved unexpectedly positive results in a challenging and chaotic area. ‘Alice completely understands how to get the best from her service users,’ said Executive Director of Probation, Gabriel Amahwe. ‘She works with some of the most challenging individuals we manage and she never gives up on them, always finding a way to get the best outcomes for them.’
Sarah Viner was nominated for the outstanding work she has consistently delivered over the past 32 years. Positive, solution-focused and a frequent voice of reason for her colleagues, she balances care for her service users against a pragmatic understanding of risk. She ‘truly “gets” it,’ said Gabriel Amahwe, ‘and innately knows the right way to focus on every service user. The endless testimonials from service users are proof that she knows how to work with them to help turn their lives around.’
On hearing that she had won a Butler Trust Award, Sarah was moved, saying ‘I’m humbled to be honoured with a Butler Trust Award. I’m humbled too by the service users who have crossed my path and the stoic way in which they have faced personal challenges. I’m proud of the dedication of my London CRC colleagues who tirelessly engage each and every service user, supporting them to change their lives.’
Alice was also moved, saying ‘I am delighted to have been nominated by London CRC for a Butler Trust Award. I am still in shock but really looking forward to the award ceremony.’
The ceremony will take place in March 2020, when Alice and Sarah will join the eight other winners of this year’s Butler Trust Awards at a ceremony in St James’ Palace, hosted by Princess Anne.