HRH, The Princess Royal, presenting Jacquie Smart with her Butler Trust Awards certificate.
Mitie Employees Recognised for Outstanding Service
The awards recognise the achievements of people working in prisons, probation, and community and youth justice settings across the United Kingdom.
Launched in 1985, the Butler Trust Awards were the first for people working in this sector, and are considered the most prestigious. This year the Trust received over 300 nominations from across the UK, and granted 11 awards and 19 commendations in total.
Dorothy Coomber, Learning and Regimes Manager at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, was recognised for the significant contribution she has made towards the mental and emotional wellbeing of detainees since joining Mitie in August 2013. Dorothy is passionate about enabling detainees to develop skills and enhance their employment prospects. She has introduced a number of accredited vocational courses to Campsfield House, including English, barbering, cleaning, food hygiene, IT and photography, with additional courses in the pipeline. Around 500 accredited vocational certificates have been awarded since Dorothy introduced the courses.
Jackie Smart, Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Manager at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, has been recognised for the support she has given to detainees and officers across the centre since 2009. Jackie has introduced workshops to support disabled detainees at the centre as well as working with the healthcare team to provide extra support for detainees with depression, sleep problems and drug or alcohol dependency.
Commenting on the awards, Managing Director of Mitie’s Care & Custody business Colin Dobell, said:
“We are incredibly proud of both Dot and Jackie’s achievements and it’s great to see them honoured at such a prestigious event as the Butler Trust Awards. They are shining lights in a challenging and difficult environment, and both make their workplace a better place for staff and detainees.”