The Skill Mill has received a Commendation in the Organisation of the Year category at the Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards.
The Howard League for Penal Reform is passionate about at reducing crime and making communities safer, with fewer people in prison. Founded as the Howard Association in 1866 by admirers of the 18th-century penal reformer John Howard, they began with the aim of “promotion of the most efficient means of penal treatment and crime prevention” and to advocate “a reformatory and radically preventive treatment of offenders”. In 1921, the Howard Association merged with the Penal Reform League and the charity moved forward with a new name, The Howard League for Penal Reform.
The awards are for the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime. They focus on projects which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions which will help reduce the risk of re-offending. The awards recognise projects and organisations whose work and practice is delivered above and beyond normal service delivery.
The Skill Mill attended the live virtual awards ceremony to hear the winners and commended entries being announced. We are delighted to have received a Commendation and we would like to thank all of our partners. We would also like to congratulate all of the winners. You can view the full list of winners here.