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"The presentations were of a very high standard and were informative, particularly the one by Gary – ACC from Greater Manchester and for the workshop I attended on the development of a regional approach, the exercise he used was excellent at identifying the issues. Both of them were motivational and extremely well delivered"
Paul Hindson - Interserve Justice
“I really enjoyed the No Offence Awards. It was great to share and hear about the amazing successes and talents of others working in the criminal justice sector and I was struck by everyone’s passion and commitment. Thank you No Offence! for arranging these awards and for holding the event. I was also deeply touched to win an award – I have been proud to work for Langley House Trust these last 12 years and see so many ex-offenders lives changed. It’s a real privilege and honour – even in the tough times. Thanks again No Offence!”
Carolyne Van Agen - Winner of the Unsung Hero Award
What an amazing evening it was on the 3rd of October. The atmosphere at the award ceremony was electric. My wife Ellen and I met so many incredible people that night. What made it so special was being under the same roof with 200 or so people with the same passion and similar dreams. I was honoured, and humbled to receive the mentors award.
For me this award also honours all our volunteers, supporters and the agencies that we work so closely with in North Nottinghamshire. It also honours the men and women who have risen to the challenge and allowed themselves to be guided by us on their journey. The men and women who are now doing this very work themselves.
Thank you No Offence for an incredible night that I will never forget.
Lawson Main - Winner of the Mentoring Awards
All of us at Margaret Carey Foundation were so proud that our CEO, David Brown, was independently selected as a finalist in the Redemption and Justice Awards, Unsung Hero category. It means a lot to be recognised among our peers, but the best bit was attending the awards ceremony and being inspired by so many other great examples of good work in our sector. Great networking, great food, great music and entertainment. Well done to No Offence. We are already looking forward to next year.
Katy McCormick - Margaret Carey Foundation
Enterprise Exchange were lucky enough to be finalists for the innovation award as part of No Offences' first Awards Ceremony. For us the evening exceeded all expectations. The event was organised extremely well on every level and we did not expect there to be so many interesting speakers and so much raw talent on offer. Many different people from all walks of life were bought together in a safe and inspiring environment, enabling them to express their true emotions with regard to their individual journeys. It seemed to be a particularly emotional event for many, due to the fact that we had all come together to support the same cause. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and especially Richard and Sue for all their hard work and determination. We are very much looking forward to attending next year and are sure it will be even more successful. Keep up the great work No Offence!
Benna McCartney - Enterprise Exchange
As founders of the Re-Unite Project Commonweal are delighted that it has been recognised for the inaugural Partnership Award at the No offence Redemption and Justice Awards 2013 – a huge honour especially being recognised from a sector where so many fantastic services rely on partnership working.
The Re-Unite Project is all about partnership with delivery partners across the country helping to reunite mothers coming out of prison with their children. Our Re-Unite network including Together Women Project, Anawim, Isis, Threshold, The Cyrenians, Solas Cymru and Housing for Women housing association work day in and day out with prisons, probation services, social services, private and social sector landlords along with drug treatment and other support agencies to help provide the mothers and their families with the chance of a brighter future. To have this recognised by the award judges and by No Offence is a huge boost – and especially so from No Offence: an organisation that works tirelessly to promote discussion, new solutions and good practice across the criminal justice sector.
Ashley Horsey – Chief Executive Commonweal Housing – Partnership Award Winners 2013
The moment that I walked into the reception I knew that we would be in for a real treat tonight. Richard and Sue have worked tirelessly to ensure that the No Offence Redemption and Justice Awards 2013 would be a momentous occasion. They certainly did not disappoint - a celebration that is likely to stay in the memory of many for years to come. I was delighted to play a part in this especially as I would never have imagined that my nomination would go on to win his category. This has provided him with a huge boost in confidence and will be forever grateful. I look forward to continuing my affiliation with No Offence and hearing about your plans for the 2014 awards. No Offence provide a key and crucial platform for criminal justice agencies to network and build effective partnerships. It really would be criminal to miss out! Well done to you all.
Russell Symons, Impressionable Minds Founder @ImpressMinds
To Sue, Richard, all at No Offence and to all the category nominees and award winners – thank you for an inspirational evening. It was a real privilege to be at the inaugural No Offence Redemption and Justice Awards and to be able to take part in an evening that was defined by commitment, passion, innovation and justice – often taken forward through the most challenging of circumstances for many of the people and organisations recognised by the Awards.
Richard Broughton - Ansel Group
"For Streets of Growth to be independently chosen in the top three finalists for the the 'No Offence' International Award - proves you do not have to be a large organisation to be globally impacting. No Offence are leading the way in how to bring innovative and often isolated practitioners together to shine a much needed light on their cutting edge front line approaches."
Diane Peters CEO
Two days after the AWARD evening I am still deeply touched inside. Together with three other people who made a positive difference in the world of before, during and after crime. No Offence makes it possible to bring all these beautiful people together on a beautiful evening, to honour them for the constructive and positive work they have done and what they still mean today for all involved in the crime that happened: victims, offenders, family, professionals, and other important persons and the society as a whole. NoOffence connects people in the most powerful way possible: by direct human contact, feeling again, being part of good things, leading a meaningful life for themselves and others.
Toon Walravens - International Award Winner
I have been a regular user of the No Offence! website for over a year now. I find it invaluable in a number of ways. It brings relevant news items from around the sector to my attention that I might otherwise miss. It provides the opportunity to debate such matters with other professionals and contributors in the sector. I'm always learning! I find it refreshing that contributors tend to stick to the threads rather than going off track to push their individual agendas. I also feel that, with very little tweaking such as a simplified user skills audit, it could provide an invaluable networking resource for like-minded organisations with a common aim in any given geographical area to information share, consider potential mergers, collaborative bids, etc.
As for the first No Offence! awards evening itself, it was, without question, THE best event of its kind that I have ever attended in over 20 years in the voluntary sector. Too often, such events are populated with mutual backslappers and self opinionated do- gooders, often not doing very much good! This event recognised the sheer talent, passion and commitment of many young people, small organisations, dedicated professionals and caring sponsors who had made the evening possible. One inspiring story after another. Coming from a small two-person charity myself, I cannot commend No Offence! and its dedicated team of Sue and Richard too highly - a small, hugely effective and much needed organisation.
Ian Ross - Outside Chance
Working with young people in care (statistically) many of whom it seems are serving an unwanted apprenticeship in crime can be soul destroying; not because of the children but the odds against which they are fighting. The No Offence Award evening, superbly organised, was re-invigorating. Such a massive lift to know just how much can be achieved with hard work and commitment and to meet ‘strangers’ of like mindedness who will never give in to the odds and individuals who have been remarkable enough to overcome, succeed and are now fighting for others to have the opportunity to follow them.
We are all just people, no better or worse than the next person who need someone or something to help us believe first in ourselves and then others. Sue and Richard in spearheading the bringing together of like minded people deserve our gratitude and wholehearted admiration.
Ed Nixon - Family Care Associates
"First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to No Offence! Sue and Richard for an amazing breath-taking evening to bring professional across the country in the CJS and change makers together to celebrate and give recognition to the change makers. I may have won the inspirational category award but, every nominee was a winner on the night. Central and local government need to know and support the Redemption & Justice Awards with all the major TV channels fighting to win who will air the event on National TV - that is how important and relevant the event was on the night of 3rd October 2013. The No Offence! inspirational award has given me another hope and 'spring in my step' that my efforts and the early intervention work I am doing to reduce young people offending is recognised and add stock to my human and social capital of desisting from crime. I hope the Redemption & Justice Awards continue to grow each year and more sponsors, celebrities’, government and grant makers get behind No Offence! change and celebrate change makers. I am absolutely 'buzzing' for winning the Inspirational award not only for myself, family, son and friends but also for all the organisational bodies behind my success including Kent Probation, Outside Chance, The Tudor Trust, Kent Police and Kent Prisons"
Francis Osei-Appiah - Inspirational Award Winner 2013
The first No Offence awards event provided an opportunity for people from all sectors, from criminal justice and communities to come together and celebrate the work of people and partnerships who are doing so much to transform the lives of others. It was a privilege to be a Judge for the Mentoring award, to hear about people who really go 'above and beyond' in giving their time to support service users. It was good to meet all the finalists at the event as well as the awe inspiring winner, Lawson Main! The stories we heard were thought provoking and inspirational and a reminder at this time of significant change for offender supervision that change is really about an individual and their commitment and passion to make a difference...
Frances Flaxington - Catch22 & No Offence Ambassador
After joining the Award Evening last Thursday I would like to make a few specific remarks about No Offence. The first one is that No Offence is a organisation, but it does not feel like that. It feels like family: Sue as the mother of us all and Richard as my younger, so loyal and hardworking brother. The same goes for all the people connected to them, like us: we are not institutionalised but connected as the people they really are, by our passion and wish to choose for optimism, change for the better and a meaningful life! All this means that No Offence has more impact then almost every organisation I know. They inspire, connect people and give everybody, like me, the support to do the right thing. Working in the depersonalising world of prisons it means I triple my energy to try to follow the example of No Offence: support people to be the unique and valuable person they really are. No matter where they come from.
No Offence conferences attract key figures and stakeholders within the Offender service world. They are a truly transparent organisation which thrives on sharing learning and best practice and bringing organisations together to make positive change.
Gill Arukpe - Penrose
Excellent conference, excellent organisation, right speakers at the right time, thank you.
Tony Walker, Restorative Solutions CiC
DROP the TAG have received a lot of support from No Offence, they have gave us a voice on their forum. It was great to be given the opportunity to run a workshop at the conference. We have always enjoyed your events and as always the conference was interesting and challenging, we met many facinating people. People are encouraged to view their opinions no matter how controversial, and we love that from large organisations to individuals.
Carol-Ann, Anna, Carol & Danny - DROP the TAG
It is rare that I attend a conference and wish that it could have gone on for another day. A workable revolution promised much and delivered more. Ideology, aspiration and testimony inspired and challenged in turn.
Jane Gould - Clean Sheet
Crimes, the law and criminology change every year –No offence helps staff to network with those at the frontline of essential services and support network. The prices of training are very reasonable and you really should not miss it. I found out a lot by attending.
Barbara Roymacauley - Women in Prison
“it was a real pleasure to be involved with the team at No Offence when the Trust sponsored the offender accommodation project in September in Birmingham. No Offence put together a great set of speakers and organised some really useful workshops. I thought that the conference audience really enjoyed a varied day of high quality speakers who all showed real commitment to the issue of homelessness and the need for appropriate accommodation for offenders.The networking opportunities led to conference delegates making new links and meet people with a similar interests. It will be interesting to see what partnership working emerges from this conference. “
Rob Donath - Chief Executive, Fry Housing Trust
"No Offence" organised an excellent Criminal Justice Agenda Conference in Barlinnie - Scotland's busiest prison. Speakers included those from across Scotland's agenda, probably as broad as you can get. But doing all this in Barlinnie was a brilliant idea. I hope there will be more. Thank you again. Look forward to the next one."
Les Huckfield - Les Huckfield Research
The conference provided a great networking opportunity and brought me up to date with a wide range of initiatives in the field of criminal justice in Scotland.
Lisa Mackenzie - Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Howard League Scotland
This was a first rate conference, delivered and attended by policy makers and authorities in their field. The opportunity to participate has benefited me personally and the organisation I represent, and I’m better informed and better connected for it.
Alan Forgie - Team Manager, Includem Transitional Support Service
'Thank you and congratulations for a wonderful event. I have attended 4 conferences in the last two months and was becoming very cynical because of the lack of benefit on offer. Yesterday was the complete opposite - I thought you chose a perfect setting and had all of the right people in the room to impart their knowledge and experience.'
Mark Rait - Head of Communities, Shaw Trust
'No Offence pulls no punches in stirring debate about how we really do achieve this much needed rehabilitation revolution. Their ability to help opinion formers see the wood from the trees is very refreshing. Never has there been a greater need for better partnership working, effective use of all too often limited resources and the ability for us all to play to our unique strengths and skills. No Offence gives us all a platform to help make good things happen.
Rob Owen - Chief Executive, St Giles Trust
Having been homelessness, and through the judicial system it was extraordinary to be part of the Birmingham conference. Not only to see the level of commitment from the voluntary sector, but also to witness a high level of individual enthusiasm directed at support for offenders and tackling homelessness. Nevertheless it was poignant that lack of communication was a key “offender”. And therefore indicated by most throughout the conference.
Dan Oliver - Volunteer, Faith in Throughcare
As a volunteer lead resettlement service working with prisoners serving short-term sentences we are both highly affected by housing issues and do not have any real expertise in the area. No Offence's conference on offender accommodation and support was hugely informative and valuable to our work liaising with housing associations, local authorities and the private rental sector.
Mark Taylor - Volunteer Partnership Coordinator, Faith in Throughcare
"Streets of Growth is an award winning community-led Youth Intervention Charity. And yet, despite being internationally recognised in Gang Prevention, we have never been invited to speak on the national stage to help improve the UK practices - until No Offence! gave us the break at their Gang, Gun and Knife Crime event in London.
Attendees at the event were shocked to learn that many of our approaches even existed, let alone find that we have been doing this work for nearly 2 decades. Following the event, we were inundated with professionals visiting our leadership factory and offering us consultancy work, training their staff in innovative and community sustained interventions. We have also been asked to make a documentary for TV as well as consult in Europe. Most certainly, we would not have had this level of exposure had it not been for No Offence! giving 'grass-roots' organisations such as ours the chance to present alternatives to complement wider mainstream practices."
Darren Way - Founder, Streets of Growth
Very much enjoyed the conference in London on March 14th - fascinating and inspiring stuff.
Jon Clements - Crime Correspondent, ITV News
Excellent conference... came away excited and inspired...
Thank you for taking the initiative... looking forward to many more... be bold and courageous in all that you do with No Offence.. don't be afraid to ask the wicked questions as we often fall safe in the knowledge of our own world view and then miss out on new or different thinking knowledge and experiences....
Challenge us to think and be bold also...Your conferences and the Forum have the potential to be inspiring and provocative... provoke us to think outside the box and to reach out to others to improve our thinking and practice...
Valari Mitchell-Clarke - Senior Probation Officer, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust
"I was REALLY impressed with the buzz, the energy, the enthusiasm, the understanding, the wanting to make a difference of this bunch of people. It was such a contrast to the 2 recent conferences I’ve been to where the point seemed to be to spoon feed you government policy in a very top down way, and with little comprehension of the realities."
Lois Lodge - Partner, Health in Justice LLP
The No Offence forum has been a great way for us to connect with a wide range of professionals and practitioners either working in or on behalf of the justice system.
Richard Bryan - Managing Director, QA Research
This is cracking, the scope for all those with an interest in the criminal justice field to have a platform for networking and support; brilliant. What is the old saying 2 heads are better than 1, with the challenges and scope for needed advancement around criminal justice lets see as many people as possible join this forum, my hat off to Sue and Richard. This site is going to make a national difference once fully established.
Steve Lowe - Senior Manager, Serco
When I was asked to be a member of the group and then to run a sub group I had had no experience of social networking and was relatively new to justice work, it being a sub set of what my organisation does. I was upfront that I needed to learn from others experience and good practice and was not sure what I personally could offer. It did not take more than a few days 1) learn more than I could have done in months in day to day work to inform my work and practice and 2) to meet some of the most informative and experienced people in the world of offending work from every background possible. What it provides for me is the bank of experience and knowledge that I can learn from – what I can give I hope will grow over time. Well done all involved the sum of the parts is amazing but ‘the whole’ is unbelievable.
Dom Wood - Chief Executive, 1625 Independent People
First of all it’s not just joining the group but for me the benefit and support began immediately because being asked in the first place is an honour for someone with my background. For me personally it shows there are alternative level of communication that can be reached and utilised from a variety of sources. Some direct and (as I’ve become aware) as many in-direct as well. Having the opportunity to discuss various topic & comments and, having an input into the discussions has enabled me and the services we offer to be publicised in a totally new field and also, almost direct contact can be achieved. Receiving and hearing information about other organisation is a bonus in itself. I would recommend joining such groups & take advantage of good practice, free knowledge and advice, the opportunity to share views, opinions and comment with likeminded people folks and, you get to meet with some interesting people.
Derek Jones - Managing Director, EMAP
When I first accepted the invitation to Join the Reducing Re-offending group I didn’t really know what to expect. What I found was a tremendous opportunity to connect with many people across a wide range of sectors all with an interest in changing lives, and to discuss, and debate current issues affecting us all. I have made some very valuable personal connections within this group and am a member of a number of sub-groups. As a result of my experience I have recommended the group to many of my senior team and they are all involved in lively debate as well as networking and collaborating. I am absolutely convinced that my organisation can only benefit from these connections.
John Biggin - Director, HMP Doncaster (SERCO)