Chris Donovan Trust Annual Awards Ceremony

On 13th November 2014 the Chair of KeepOut Jerry Kirkby, Chief Executive Angela Palmer, and Founder Mick Hart together with the Operations Manager at HMP Brixton Vanessa Geffen, Support Worker at HMP Coldingley Effie Crouch and a recently released prisoner attended the Awards ceremony.  Also in attendance were Karla Goodwin and Emma Byrne from Surrey Youth Support Services, one of our partner agencies, all were delighted to be presented as the winners of The Chris Donovan Trust Victim Awareness Award.

Angela commented that “As victim awareness, understanding and empathy is one of  the three key components running through all the KeepOut programmes of intervention delivered by the KeepOut prisoner teams to young people, all involved in the organisation, including Directors and staff, would like to thank the Donovan Trust for the Award in  recognition of the KeepOut contribution towards victim awareness.”


In September 2012 I started a two year part time course delivered at Sussex Coast College Hastings. This was a University of Brighton course in teaching post-compulsory education. The course was delivered at Levels 5, 6 and 7 and depending on previous qualifications and achievement on the course participants could gain the Cert Ed (Certificate in Education) at Level 5, The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education at Level 6 or The Post Graduate Certificate in Education with units at Level 6 and Level 7. 

The class of 30 students was a mix of people from many different backgrounds and different subject


Palmer, Chief Executive of Keep Out, said: "It has taken many exciting and sometimes challenging years to establish KeepOut in three, soon to be four, of Her Majesty‘s Prisons. It has been an interesting journey and a real team effort; with everyone working together to make KeepOut an effective and successful model for reducing offending. Winning this prestigious Award is a great boost for everyone involved with KeepOut and we are thrilled to receive such notable recognition for our work. 

“We are especially grateful to all those that have contributed towards shaping KeepOut into the blossoming charity it is today. Our special thanks go to our civilian staff members, Directors, Governors, Prison Officers, the thousands of young people who have benefitted from our work over the years, and of course the prisoner team members - both past and present - who have been instrumental in delivering our work; whilst themselves undertaking their own rehabilitative journey.”

Robin Eldridge, Prison Governor at HMP Lewes, said about his decision to nominate KeepOut for the award: "In my 23 years of prison experience I firmly believe the programmes delivered by KeepOut are making an outstanding contribution to the lives of the children and young people who participate; furthermore the work is clearly having a positive rehabilitative impact on the lives of the prisoners employed as facilitators and the consequent reduction in risk of future re-offending - in short these men are changing lives for the better. Put another way, at my own prison HMP Lewes, we are employing Sussex men to keep Sussex children out of Sussex prisons.” 

Eoin McLennan Murray, President of the Prison Governors Association, said: “I was very pleased to see that governors had nominated so many small charities that were involved in excellent and worthwhile ventures that potentially would change the lives of prisoners so that they were less likely to be involved with crime when released. Judging which charity deserved the award was immensely difficult as they all made a compelling case. However, Keep Out was selected because it used prisoners to deliver a range of scenarios and role plays that really had an impact on young people and diverted them from crime.”

KeepOut received the award for their pioneering approach to crime reduction, which provides valuable education and learning opportunities for prisoners that develops their personal and social skills and future employment prospects and reduces their risk of reoffending. Since leaving KeepOut many prisoners have used skills and knowledge learnt whilst on the scheme to successfully gain employment.

Chair of the judges, Lady Corbett, said: “Among the high quality of entries we received, Keep Out stood out for its innovative approach which enables people in prison to give something back to the community while providing valuable knowledge and skills which help them to lead a law abiding life on release. Robin believed in ‘learning through doing’ and this scheme is an outstanding example of how this can work.”

KeepOut collected the prestigious award at a high profile ceremony held in the House of Lords on 5th February. Speaking after the presentation, Angela

KeepOut wins Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation

KeepOut – The Crime Diversion scheme has won the inaugural Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2013. 

This new annual award for outstanding rehabilitative work with prisoners by a small charity or community group, working in partnership with prison staff, was set up in the memory of Robin Corbett, the respected chair of the Home Affairs Committee who for ten years chaired the All Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group, to which Prison Reform Trust provides the secretariat.

The emphasis of the award is on work that fosters personal responsibility and which calls on people in prison, and ex-offenders, to help themselves and others. The award judges commended KeepOut for its unique approach to diverting young people from crime in ways that train and rehabilitate prisoners.

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest Award

KeepOut at HMP Lewes were delighted to accept an award from the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest recognising the work being undertaken with young people across West Sussex. The independent family brewers, with around 50 pubs in the county, held their fifth annual event - this time hosted at the Black Swan pub in Pease Pottage.

Angela Murray, KeepOut Operations Manager at HMP Lewes collected the £1,500 award on behalf of the scheme from Mark Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse Chairman. KeepOut were chosen from over 200 nominations to receive an award, along with 20 other local charities operating across West Sussex.

Speaking at the event in October Mark said the company was looking for organisations “that have a real need for funding, as opposed to receiving money which would just be nice to have”. James Marlow, Fundraising Officer at KeepOut, said after the event “We are hugely grateful to Hall & Woodhouse for selecting us for an award. The money given will be put to immediate good use, helping to fund our work with ‘at risk’ young people across West Sussex”.


Operations Manager receives Award certificate from the Butler Trust

Jo Green, KeepOut Operations Manager at HMP Coldingley, has been awarded a Butler Trust certificate recognising her dedication and contribution to prisoner rehabilitation and her work with young people and their staff members attending the scheme.

The Butler Trust Awards were launched in 1985 in memory of the reforming former Home Secretary, RAB Butler. The Awards - which are the most prestigious of their kind - recognise and celebrate outstanding practice by people working in prisons, youth justice, probation and criminal justice social work, throughout the UK. The Awards were the first specifically for people working in correctional settings and are judged by an independent panel.

The award was presented by the Hon. James Butler of the Butler Trust at a special ceremony held at the Manor House Hotel in Newlands Corner.

Jo was nominated for the highly acclaimed certificate by Effie Crouch, KeepOut Support Worker at HMP Coldingley. Speaking about her decision to put her forward for a Butler Award Effie commented “I nominated Jo for this award because it was so very clear to me right from the beginning that she puts her all into the job; she is completely committed to

KeepOut and highly respected by her colleagues and the prisoner team members”.

Jo initially received the news about her award from HMP Coldingley Governor, Glenn Knight, who delivered the good news personally. Following her visit to the Governor’s office Jo commented “being asked to go to the Governor’s office ‘at your earliest convenience’ are words that usually spell trouble. But fortunately on this occasion it was good news and Governor Glenn Knight congratulated me on being awarded a Butler Trust certificate. I know the challenging work KeepOut does with prisoners and young people is a real team effort and it was terrific to share the day with James Butler and the team”.

Jo joined the team at HMP Coldingley in August 2009 and since that time has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting the evolution of KeepOut.

Speaking after the award presentation Angela Palmer, KeepOut Chief Executive Officer, said “Jo’s Directors, colleagues and scheme partners alike all value her contribution and have the highest regard and respect for her. As her Manager I thoroughly enjoy working with her, have always valued her opinion, and I can think of nobody more deserving of this converted award”.


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specialism's within teaching and I learned lots of new skills from both the tutor and my peer learners.  During my two year course I had to be observed a total of 10 times in the workplace, this involved tutors and mentors coming to HMP Lewes to observe me delivering sessions to KeepOut team members, assessing my teaching style, grading me and offering constructive criticism to improve my teaching.  

In my second year I was entered for The Post Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and I was the only student in my class to achieve this award with units at Level 6 and Level 7 (Masters Level). I graduated in July 2014 from The University of Brighton.