It was an evening of treats not tricks at the Halloween themed Bounce Back Awards Ceremony. Guests mingled with delicious food created by the budding chefs at Centrepoint’s Dean Street Café whilst long term supporter, actor, broadcaster and writer, Tom Watt hosted the proceedings with his usual warmth and humour.
The event was not just an intimate celebration of the achievements of the award winners. It was also an opportunity to celebrate with employers and supporters – the very people that provide the essential ingredient for changing perception, spreading the word and helping others to see the talent pool that exists so that everyone can all help to reduce re-offending and change lives together.
All of the awards were donated and presented by Bounce Back Employers and Partners who personally acknowledged the achievements of 14 individuals who had excelled this year.
The event was also an ideal opportunity to welcome the new Caseworker team and introduce them to the various Bounce Back partners. Having grown to 5, they now support an increasing number of individuals as they move on into their new lives in employment with a target of over 100 for 2017.
Bounce Back also announced the Bounce Back Community Workshop – their 7th centre, they are now able to reach some of the hundreds of people that contact them every year on release. They can also now engage with some of the families of their participants and there are a number of plans for 2018 already in the pipeline.
They didn’t mention it on the night but they’re looking forward to an imminent launch in HMP Isis as well as progressing their “Improving the Prison Environment” programme in HMP Wandsworth!
A huge ‘Well done’ to all their brilliant success stories: Rash who now has his own business employing 25 people won the “Most Entrepreneurial Spirit” presented by Michael Smith of Brixton Bid. Vincent who received the "Outstanding Achievement Award" from Landsec (this comes with added help to meet potential new employers for a senior role in construction). Dabs, now head of the Bounce Back decorating company who received the "Proud Father Award" having just become one from their very longstanding supporter - Jacquie from Boots, and Kieron, who deserves a job in public speaking, won the Out for Good Award for his determination to change his life.
It was also particularly special for Bounce Back to have an Award from HMP Brixton and National Prison Radio who acknowledged Kieron for “Turning over a new leaf” with their award as well as Rachel, one of the Crisis participants, winning a special award.
Bounce Back has said a huge thank you to a number of people and organisations, including Keltbray who presented Nathan with their award for “Breaking Down Barriers” and Scaffolders Alandale who acknowledged Jermaine for “Working his way to the top” – literally! Also, J M Scully who recognised Wojciech for his work on Boots sites and Gympsumtools who presented Jerome with a generous award for his skills improvement. There were two recipients for the Novus award for “Sustained Employment” – Ali and Dawit – both long standing alumni and in contrast 3 recent starters: Perrie, Dennis and Steve were awarded “Best newcomers award” sponsored by Lucas. TFL awarded Jermaine the “Out for Good” award for his success with our new pilot programme supporting offenders into a wider variety of industries.
Source: Bounce Back