Ingeus staff members working for the Reducing Reoffending Partnership have been selected as finalists from the 346 nominations submitted for this year’s prestigious Butler Trust Awards.
 
Operating across the Midlands, Pat Bannigan and members of Derby’s housing and support project called STAR, Parmjit Singh Rai, Sue Kidney and Ben Eaton, are among 40 contenders picked for a place on the shortlist. The Butler Trust Awards recognise the inspiring work of people in the criminal justice sector in the UK.
 
The final judging for the awards will take place in November and the names of the winners and commendees will be announced in the New Year. The awards are normally presented in a special ceremony by the trust’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
 
A spokesperson for Butler Trust commented: “We were delighted, particularly in this most challenging of years that the standard was as high as ever, which made the decision-making as difficult as always – but after much deliberation, the Sifting Panel agreed to put through a final shortlist of 40 nominations.”
 
The Reducing Reoffending Partnership (RRP) is comprised of Ingeus; CGL, the largest substance misuse provider in the UK and St Giles Trust, a leading criminal justice charity.
 
ON THE SHORT LIST – PAT BANNIGAN
 
Pat Bannigan is the finance, benefit and debt specialist for the Through the Gate Resettlement Service.
 
In the last five years Pat has helped service users deal with debts totalling around £10 million and has facilitated the setting up of more than 2,500 bank accounts. Arranging financial support for a service user reduces the risk that they will re-offend again because they cannot afford to buy food or pay their rent.
 
Bev Caesar, Deputy Head of Resettlement, Pathway Interventions in the East Midlands, added: “Pat doesn’t look for praise. He achieves so much and deserves this recognition for his work. Congratulations to all our staff who have achieved a place on the shortlist. Well done!”
 
ON THE SHORT LIST – THE STAR PROJECT
 
STAR stands for the Supporting Transformation and Resettlement Project that provides accommodation for 13 male residents on the two floors above the Derby probation office at Burdett House, a base for teams working for RRP.
 
Parmjit Singh Rai, STAR’s Housing and Welfare Case worker, added: “We are delighted at the news. The recognition we have achieved so far is due to the dedication, hard work and commitment of each team member.”
 
“Congratulations to all our staff who have achieved a place on the shortlist. Well done!”