Shining Stars of 2021 announced

On Thursday 17 June 2021 staff and volunteers from Nepacs were given recognition for their outstanding contribution to supporting prisoners, individuals subject to probation services and their families or friends in the north east.

Nepacs introduced the Shining Star Awards in 2017 to recognise and thank Nepacs staff and volunteers who:

- Have gone the extra mile

- Made a real difference 

- Show commitment to quality in their work

- Have shown innovation in developing new ways to support families/friends of prisoners and offenders

This year the awards were announced via Zoom and we hope to have a presentation event later in the year, to give out the awards to the winners.

The winners were:

Staff Member of the Year - Gail Kirkby, care leaver support officer at HMP Deerbolt

Volunteer of the Year - Fran O'Riley, volunteer with the telephone helpline

Team of the Year - Play and youth teams 

Chairman’s Choice Award - Emma Price, early days in custody coordinator

Chairman's Choice Award - HMP Durham family support team - including the early days in custody, through the gate and booked visits teams.

Amanda Lacey, chief executive of Nepacs, said: “The Nepacs’ Shining Star are our way of honouring and thanking our staff and volunteers for their continued dedication and outstanding contribution to making a real difference to the lives of families affected by imprisonment and the criminal justice system. We were really pleased to be able to present the awards in 2021, albeit virtually, to acknowledge the contribution of staff and volunteers during what has been a particularly challenging year, brought about by the pandemic.

“I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who was nominated for an award and to all the winners. We know that is the people working for Nepacs and volunteering that really make a difference for individuals or families impacted by a prison sentence, and it is their kindness, commitment and dedication which enables Nepacs to continue to grow and respond to the needs of our service users.”