Compass Project Commended at Howard League Community Awards

Our “Time To Recover” programme has been commended for it’s amazing work at the 2017 Howard League Community Awards in the Liason.

The Howard League Community Awards were presented at the national conference on 8 November 2017 by Gerry Marshall, Trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and Chair of the Awards judging panel.

Successful community projects that reduce crime and transform lives for the better have been honoured with prestigious national awards.

The Howard League for Penal Reform presented Community Awards and commendations to more than a dozen of the very best schemes in the country.

Projects from Avon and Somerset, Berkshire, Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, London, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and the West Midlands were among the commended entries.


Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Our Community Awards celebrate the success of projects that guide people away from crime and make us all safer.

“Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations.”

Avon Somerset Police Crime Commissioner

Sue Mountstevens tweeted: “Loved talking to the guys @CompassProj now part of the community at Gloucester Rd and Staple Hill. Volunteers providing affordable furniture.”

Great visit from Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. She is a great lady that is passionate about the community! She chatted with some of the guys and had a tour of our Staple Hill store. She is a big believer of the work we do and, after spending some time with her, we believe in her too! She has a real understanding of the issues and what it will take to fight the hardships that addiction brings to all.

The Commissioner has kindly allocated some funds for us to continue our good work with ex-offenders with substance misuse histories. Read more about that here. We are forever grateful!

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Minister of Justice Chris Grayling Visits Compass

It was an absolute honour to receive a visit from no other than the Minister of Justice Chris Grayling!  It was amazing to have him mingle with the guys and talk about their experiences and the barriers they have faced.

Afterwards the Minister of Justice tweeted “@CompassProj Thank you for this great opportunity to meet a man with real-life tattoos. I think I understood some of the things he said.”

MP Charlotte Leslie was also there.  Both her and the Minister support the work that the Compass Project does enormously.  They believe that it is volunteer organisations and social enterprises just like ours that are at the heart of the solution when tackling issues like habitual re-offending and crime related to substance misuse.