Nepacs' Ruth Cranfield Awards 2022 

2022 will be the 17th year of Nepacs awards, now named in honour of our Patron Ruth Cranfield who had the vision and energy to organise the beginnings of Nepacs in its present day form and has continued to work tirelessly for our organisation on every level. We want to reward, promote and celebrate that kind of commitment in others working in the difficult climate of today.

These last two years have presented enormous difficulties for everyone working in the Criminal Justice System, and we feel it’s even more important to give you the opportunity to show your appreciation of the people who have worked unimaginably hard to deal with the changes Covid has brought to everyone’s work, and the ongoing exceptional circumstances we still find ourselves in. 

You are invited you 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, though Nepacs workers may be nominated by outside organisations. 
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, 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. 

Award winners last year came from HMP Durham, HMP YOI Kirklevington, The Wise Group, and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Certificate winners came from prisons, probation services, local councils and non-statutory organisations right across the region. 
Closing date for nominations has been extended to 20 June 2022. Nominations to be sent to

When will winners be announced?

The Award winners will receive a personal engraved award and a cheque, and we also award several Highly Commended Certificates. Presentations and a short address will be made by Phil Copple Director General Prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service at an informal gathering on the afternoon of 27 September 2022, to be held at Emirates Riverside, Durham Cricket Club, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR.

More about the awards and details of previous winners HERE.