We are absolutely delighted that RESTORE’s use of real stories to help offenders reflect on their own behaviour and motivate them to change was highly commended this week by the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2014.
The judging panel – which included Eoin McLennan-Murray, President of the Prison Governors’ Association, Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust and a former prisoner – awarded the runner-up prize to The Forgiveness Project’s involvement of trained former offenders, victims of crime and prison staff in the delivery of our group-based RESTORE programme.
Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project, was presented the £1,000 prize by Lady Corbett and Lord Ramsbotham, a member of the Award Panel, at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group at the House of Lords in Westminster on Tuesday 4 February.
The Governor of HMP – YOI Parc in Wales, Janet Wallsgrove, who nominated RESTORE for the award, said: “The popularity of the RESTORE programme with prisoners and prison staff is a testament to its impact. Through hearing the personal stories of victims and former offenders, prisoners develop empathy and understanding of the impact of their behaviour on themselves and others which, in turn, inspires them to break the cycle of vengeance.”
RESTORE has been running at HMP YOI Parc since 2009 and is one of the most requested programmes by prison staff and prisoners. This article was written about the work by Phil Forder, Arts Intervention Manager at the prison.
Receiving this prize is a tremendous endorsement of our restorative work with offenders. Set up in 2013 in memory of Lord Corbett (the respected former chairman of the Home Affairs Committee in Westminster) this annual award sets out to champion small charities or community groups which undertake outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners and work in partnership with prison staff.