Nepacs' Ruth Cranfield Awards 2021 - nominations now open!

For 15 years until last year Nepacs have been making awards to professional and voluntary workers throughout the region to highlight the work of exceptional individuals and teams for innovative good practice in promoting rehabilitation of offenders.  Since 2018 our awards have been named in honour of Ruth Cranfield who had the vision and energy to organise the beginnings of Nepacs in its present day form, and we want to reward, promote and celebrate that kind of commitment in others working in the difficult climate of today.

Now we’re delighted to say we are planning to reinstate these awards, either virtually, or, as we hope, in some concrete way. After a year like no other, we feel it’s even more important to give the opportunity to show your appreciation of the people who have worked unimaginably hard to deal with the exceptional circumstances. 

You are therefore invited to put forward nominations for people you feel deserve particular recognition for their work in rehabilitation - people working in prisons or other institutions, probation and other community services, local authorities and voluntary organisations across the North East. We're looking for individuals or teams who have made an outstanding contribution either through an original and innovative approach, or by continued devotion in a particularly difficult and challenging area. The projects concerned do not need to have any connection with Nepacs’ work. 

Winners in 2019 came from HMP Holme House, HMP Deerbolt, County Durham PCVC, Cleveland Probation Service, and Junction 42. Certificate winners came from prisons, probation services, CRCs, local councils and non-statutory organisations right across the region. 

How to nominate?

Please use the attached form to give details of your nominee, telling us about their activity and its benefits, and explaining why you think they deserve special recognition. Specific details of projects, service user testimonies, or case histories are welcomed. Please note we cannot accept nominations for the same body of work from one individual or team in two consecutive years. All nominations should be emailed to or posted to Nepacs awards, 20 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HW

Closing date for nominations has been extended to Friday 25 June 2021. 

When will winners be announced?

The winners will receive a personal engraved award and a cheque, and we also award several Highly Commended Certificates. Award and Certificate winners and their proposers will be invited to an informal gathering at Durham Cricket, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street (or virtually - if covid restrictions are in place) on the afternoon of 22 September 2021 for the presentations, which this year will be made by Bronwen Elphick, regional probation director north east for HMPPS.