November 29, 2021

Pre-Festival Exclusive: Attend the 2022 Butler Trust Awards Ceremony

Simon Shepherd
Butler Trust

As a pre-Insights22 Festival treat, Simon Shepherd, Director of the Butler Trust, is offering one of our Hidden Heroes the opportunity to attend the 2022 Butler Trust Awards Ceremony.

Launched in 1985, The Butler Trust Awards provide an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to people working in probation, prison and youth justice settings. Our Awards are the most prestigious of their kind and are presented each year by our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at our Annual Award Ceremony, usually held at St James’ Palace.

Most nominations come from people’s colleagues, but we also get many from people with lived experience of probation and prison, and from people working in partner agencies. Awards and Commendations are given to people for outstanding work which “goes above and beyond” what might normally be expected of them. They are for people not projects, and may be given to someone for doing something new or innovative, or ‘just’ for doing their ordinary job extraordinarily well.

Due to the pandemic, the Trust was unable to hold a Ceremony in 2020 or 2021, so the 2022 event will cover the last three years’ Award Winners and Commendees. In the lead up to the Insights22 Festival, we are offering one person the chance to join senior figures from across the Criminal Justice System in celebrating their achievements.

The offer is open to all of the Hidden Heroes who work in prison, probation, youth justice, HMPPS HQ and immigration removal centres, including contracted services. This is an opportunity to connect, learn about innovative work and celebrate success with colleagues.

The Awards Ceremony will be taking place in March 2022 but the exact location and date is yet to be announced. Please speak to your line manager in advance about being released from work to attend and claiming travel and subsistence.

If you would like the opportunity to attend this prestigious event, please click below. The closing date for entries is 7th January 2022.

You can find out more about the Awards, and the Award Ceremony, at

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