A Wales Probation Services’ Community Payback Case Worker has won the overall Wales Champion of the Year – an award for prison and probation employees.
Organised by Her Majesty Prison and Probation Service in Wales, the awards are an opportunity to celebrate success, share best practice and shine a light on the great work being done by prison and probation staff to keep the public safe. There are eight categories, rewarding outstanding achievements in areas such as diversity, reducing reoffending and safer custody.
Director General of Probation and Wales Amy Rees named Gethin Probert from Cardiff as the overall Wales Champion of the Year from all the nominations.
Gethin (second right) was nominated by Assistant Chief Probation Officer David Bebb for his voluntary work helping people on probation get into residential drugs rehabilitation. The individuals Gethin tends to help are what probation and the police define as prolific offenders – those responsible for committing a disproportionately large amount of crime such as thefts and burglaries, usually because they are funding a drug addiction.
When someone receives drug treatment, the likelihood of them offending again almost halves.
Also receiving awards were Lucy Jones for leadership and Elizabeth Bickham for partnership working, who were nominated for their work with Wales Probation Services before their employment transferred over to the National Probation Service at the end of 2019 along with case management.
Gethin Probert said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be recognised by my colleagues. I love working with people on probation, because I’ve been there myself, and it changes lives for the individuals, their family, friends and the community.”
Wales Probation Services’ Chief Probation Officer Dawn Blower said: “Her Majesty Prison and Probation Service in Wales Awards recognise special achievements by our prison and probation staff in Wales. The winners this year were incredible, and I am particularly proud of our three winners, Libby, Lucy and of course Gethin who also won the overall award. They make such a difference to the lives of other people and truly deserve this recognition.”
The awards ceremony was held on 11 March.
Wales Probation Services helps people on community orders or licences to develop the skills, knowledge and self-belief to turn their lives around for the better – for themselves, their families and their communities. The service provides group work programmes, Community Payback and one-to-one activities to support people to change their behaviour or overcome issues, such as finding a job or a place to live. The work helps prevent reoffending