Woman who is ‘transforming’ the lives of inmates at Ford Prison awarded

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A woman who is transforming people’s lives through learning and skills at HMP Ford has been recognised for her ‘outstanding’ work and best practice.

Offender learning multi-skills instructor Sian Hawes, who works for Novus, has been praised by the Butler Trust, which celebrates the work of people in prisons, probation and youth justice settings and rewards them at an annual awards ceremony.

Its patron is HRH The Princess Royal, who will hand awards and commendations to up to 30 people, including four Novus staff members, at a ceremony at St James’ Palace on March 9.

Peter Cox, managing director of Novus, said: “We were delighted that a number of our Novus colleagues were nominated, but ecstatic to learn that four have now won an award or commendation.

“Sian motivates others to achieve, is confident and resourceful in the face of challenges and successfully overcomes obstacles.

“She always displays a visible cheerfulness and commitment to the success of Novus learners. Her commendation and recognition of her hard work is well deserved.”

Novus is the UK leader and innovator in offender education, skills and employability interventions that reduce re-offending and divert people from criminal behaviour. This allows them to make a positive contribution to society.

The Butler Trust Awards, launched in 1985, were the first for people working in the sector, and are generally considered the most prestigious of their kind.

The trust receives around 350 nominations each year, from across the UK, from which it grants around 10 awards and 20 commendations.

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