Probation trust enjoys major year

AN ORGANISATION aiming to reduce reoffending and help protect communities is celebrating a successful year.

Northumbria Probation Trust was recently awarded the exceptional performance rating for 2011-12 by the National Offender Management Service, becoming the only trust in the country to achieve the highest rating for the last two consecutive years.

And the trust has also achieved a four-star rating in a recognised for excellence assessment, part of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), providing an external validation and benchmark for the trust’s work.

Trust chief executive Nick Hall, pictured, said: “I am delighted with these results.

“We have a long history of providing first rate probation services in Northumbria, and we continue to build on these high standards.

“These achievements demonstrate the quality of the probation services being provided to communities across Northumbria and the excellent calibre of our staff.”

Elsewhere, the trust’s work has also been commended through two recent award wins.

Solo, a one-to-one domestic violence course developed by Northumbria Probation Trust, won the Howard League for Penal Reform award for working with adult offenders.

And community payback supervisor Karen Bass won the interventions award in the national probation awards.

Karen engages offenders with her enthusiasm, and her proactive approach has brought huge changes to offenders’ attitude and behaviour.