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Publication date:- 2017-11-11

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Howard League Community Awards for successful projects that cut crime

SUCCESSFUL community projects that reduce crime and transform lives for the better have been honoured with prestigious national awards. The Howard League for Penal Reform presented Community Awards and commendations to more than a dozen of the very best schemes in the country. Projects from Avon and Somerset, Berkshire, Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, London, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands were among the commended entries. Rose Mahon, of the Nelson Trust, which runs women's centres in Gloucester and Swindon, was named Criminal Justice Champion. The Organisation of the Year category was won by 2 projects - 41 Goodison Road, a scheme run by Everton Football Club; and Giroscope, a charity based in Hull. Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:- "Our Community Awards celebrate the success of projects that guide people away from crime and make us all safer. Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high quality nominations."

Winners and Commendations by category:-

Organisation of the Year (2 winners)

Winner
41 Goodison Road - Everton in the Community, Everton Football Club

Winner
Giroscope

Commendation
Youth Justice SEND Project, Achievement for All (AfA)

Criminal Justice Champion

Winner
Rose Mahon - The Nelson Trust

Runner-up
Michael Corrigan - Prosper 4 Group

Runner-up
CJ Burge - The SOS+ Project, St Giles Trust

Women

Winner
Enrich Programme, Alana House - Parents and Children Together

Runner-up
Doncaster Women's Centre and Community Hub - Changing Lives

Restorative approaches

Commendation
The Skill Mill

Special mention
Restorative Gloucestershire

Special mention
Lancashire Constabulary

Special mention
Birmingham Restorative Justice Service, West Midlands Police

Policing and adults

Winner
Problem Gambling - Diversion Pathway for Criminal Justice System - Cheshire Constabulary and Beacon Counselling Trust

Runner-up
The Drug Education Programme - Avon and Somerset Constabulary/Swanswell

Policing and children

Winner
Divert, Youth Justice Services - Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington

Liaison and diversion

Winner
Coventry Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service - Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Commendation
Wirral Integrated Offender Management Team - Partnership of Merseyside Police, National Probation Service, Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company, Wirral Ways to Recovery

Commendation
Time to Recover - Compass Project 2012

Commendation
Project Future - MAC-UK, Haringey Council and Barnet, Enfield, Haringey NHS Mental Trust

Residential care

Commendation
Pan Dorset Children in Care Protocol, Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police


People from the North West don't know how many military personnel have died in conflict

THE research has been conducted to mark the launch of the Forces Network's Remembrance Map, which has been created in partnership with Professor Ian Beckett. The map identifies and commemorates all the conflicts (both combat and peacekeeping missions) which the British Armed Forces have been involved in since WWI, to enable a greater understanding of the commitments made by our service personnel.

Professor Ian Beckett is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and his current research focuses on British auxiliary forces, the 1st World War, and the late Victorian army. His publications focusing on the Great War includes:- the co-edited A Nation in Arms - A Social Study of the British Army in the 1st World War (1985); The Great War, 1914-18, the 2nd Edition of which was published in 2007; and, most recently, The Making of the 1st World War (2012).

As the nation gets set to remember the efforts of our armed forces, new research released by the Forces Network highlights the lack of knowledge of many Brits, when asked about the conflicts we have been involved in since the 1st World War. How can we remember if we don't know?

The statistics show that 85% of Brits don't know that more than 7,000 of our armed forces have died in conflict (both combat and peacekeeping missions) since WWII. Additionally, from the start of WWI to the end of WWII 1 million British personnel lost their lives but when asked 23% people thought that fewer than 5000 service personnel made the ultimate sacrifice.

The statistics also show that more than ½ of Brits think that we have been involved in 30 or fewer conflicts (both combat and peacekeeping missions), since WWII; when we have actually been involved in more than 60. 35% of people were aware of the British involvement in the fight against so called:- 'Islamic State.'

37% of respondents were unaware of any of the conflicts the British Armed Forces are currently involved in, including Operation TOSCA (UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) (77%) and our participation in United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia (70%). The figures also indicated that 63% of those asked, think that the number of conflicts we are currently involved in is high.

The research also reveals that, as a nation, we have an interest in learning more about our military. Although 56% of 18 to 24 year olds are not aware that Britain's Armed Forces were involved in the WWII, 52% of that age range said they would like schools to teach more about the role of our forces.

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