At Browns Community Services, we are honoured to have been shortlisted in two prestigious national criminal justice awards: the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards 2019 and the Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Organisation and Individual Awards 2019.
Two of our projects have been shortlisted across three categories in the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards 2019. These awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and projects that surpass normal delivery standards.
Our ‘Rebuild’ project is shortlisted in the ‘Children and Policing,’ category. This innovative project supports the parents of children who have experienced, or are at risk of, child exploitation. This includes sexual, gang, drug (e.g. county lines) and peer-on-peer exploitation. In focusing specifically on parents in cases of child exploitation, the service is the first of its kind in the UK. The project enables parents to work with a Parent Support Worker, as well as to see a specialist trauma counsellor and to attend employment and social media upskilling courses. The project works with Youth Offending Teams including Slough, and also runs across Surrey in areas including Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Elmbridge.
Our Intensive Support Service has also been recognised by the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards 2019, being shortlisted in both the ‘Liaison and Diversion,’ and ‘Policing and Adults,’ categories. This service runs as part of the Safer Slough Partnership and supports adults with challenging behaviours and multiple complex needs, including those at risk of offending or re-offending. Clients work one-to-one with a Support Worker to address the issues most pertinent to them, including complying with bail conditions, accessing drugs treatment plans and finding suitable housing. Intensive Support Service clients have had prison sentences suspended due to their successful work with the service and many have decreased their use of other services.
Finally, Browns Community Services CIC as an overall organisation has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Organisation,’ category of the Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Organisation and Individual Awards 2019. These awards celebrate organisations working towards the CJA’s mission of a ‘Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System.’ Browns has been singled out for shortlisting for ‘transforming the lives of people in the criminal justice system…’
Every day is special at Browns; our services run every day of the year including bank holidays, and clients even have access to out of hours and weekend support. However, there are two particular dates in November we are looking forward to. The Howard League for Penal Reform will be announcing its winners on the 12th November 2019, and the Criminal Justice Alliance will be announcing its winners on the 29th November 2019.
Angeline Gore, Founder and CEO of Browns Community Services, said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in these two prestigious awards. As we move into Browns Community Service’s fifth year, I am very proud to see my vision of providing clients with bespoke support receiving national recognition. We are looking forward to attending both awards presentations and to meeting other organisations, and of course we will be keeping our fingers crossed.”