Changing Lives’ Women’s Services in Doncaster has been shortlisted in the 2017 Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards ‘Women’ category for our life-changing work in reducing re-offending.

Within Doncaster and across Yorkshire and Humber, Changing Lives provides community and custody interventions to women to address individual needs and work towards a brighter future away from offending.

Debbie McKinney, Service Manager at Changing Lives in Doncaster, said:

“We were over the moon to have been voted as runner-up in the Women category at last year’s Howard League awards. It’s great recognition of the partnership work happening here in Doncaster, and what can be achieved collaboratively.

“We work with women from the most deprived wards for whom the best that Doncaster has to offer is out of reach. To be able to offer support to those facing social exclusion and help them make positive, lasting changes to their lives is hugely rewarding.

“We’re looking forward to attending the awards ceremony again this year, and have everything crossed that this year we’ll come home with the award!”

Alongside our dedicated Criminal Justice services in Yorkshire, our Women’s Centre and Community Hub in Doncaster supports women from the local community to build a better future for themselves and their family. This often includes reducing the likelihood of offending by providing women with more opportunities.

Last year, Changing Lives were awarded the runner-up prize in the Women category at the Howard League Community Awards for their innovative outreach service supporting people experiencing sex work, ‘survival sex’, or at risk of sexual exploitation, in Doncaster.

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Changing Lives’ Doncaster team were awarded Runner-Up in last year’s Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards.

Changing Lives works with survival sex workers in Doncaster both on street and off. It provides support to the women and men involved via an evening outreach service twice weekly in the main area affected, and through daytime support to work individually with people to enable them to attend services for support. The project is run in tandem with Doncaster City Council and has been supporting sex workers for 3 years.

The annual Howard League Community Awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it with children; women; mental health programmes or restorative justice.

This year, a new category has been incorporated into the Community Awards: ‘Residential Care’. This joins the further seven categories in the awards ceremony celebrating statutory and voluntary organisations that are developing diversionary schemes.

The Community Awards this year will be held during the ‘Policing the Community’ Conference on Wednesday 8th November 2017, in London.

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