Make Amends are delighted to announce that they have won an award for Restorative Approaches at the 2020 Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards. Make Amends is the office for Police and Crime commissioned service for Devon and Cornwall who work in partnership with Shekinah delivering restorative justice across the area.

Shekinah is commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver the Make Amends restorative justice programme in the police force area. Make Amends delivers a choice of restorative opportunities that seek to heal the harm caused by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour and the harmful actions of others across Devon and Cornwall.

Successful schemes that reduce crime and transform lives for the better received national recognition this week as the winners of the 2020 Howard League Community Awards were announced. The prestigious awards are presented annually to people and organisations whose innovative work helps to make communities safer. From a large number of nominations, more than 50 projects from across the UK were shortlisted for this years awards, giving them the chance to promote their work on the national stage.

Soo Brizell, Service Manager for Make Amends comments "I am incredibly proud of how hard the team has worked. During the awards presentation we were particularly commended on our multi-agency approach, our broad and universal approach and willingness to accept serious and complex cases. Make Amends were shortlisted along with a number of significant national organisations, so we are delighted that as a South-West organisation we have been recognised in the national arena."

Soo continues "We are passionate about the restorative justice work we have undertaken in Devon and Cornwall and the team continue to dedicate themselves to making communities safer through the work they do. We are looking forward to receiving our Howard League for Penal Reform plaque which will sit proudly in our office!"

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez stated:

"As the person responsible for commissioning services for those affected by crime, I am delighted that Make Amends have been recognised at the 2020 Howard League awards. I would like to congratulate all of the team who have worked hard over the past few years, especially during this challenging year.

Their restorative justice service is extremely beneficial to those affected by crime, offenders who have caused harm and the wider community.

Allowing those affected by crime to meet the individual responsible can help them cope and recover but can also help reduce re-offending and build more resilient communities."

Devon and Cornwall Police commented:

"We are delighted that Make Amends have been awarded the 2020 Howard League Community Award for Restorative Approaches. Restorative justice can be a vital tool in enabling victims of crime to deal with what has happened to them, as well as allowing offenders to appreciate the impact of their actions and reducing the risk of re-offending.

We have worked with Make Amends as our restorative justice service provider for many years and we wish Make Amends every future success and congratulations for a well-deserved win."