Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Coordinator receives national commendation from Princess Royal

Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace in London, on 21st March.

Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust, which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain.

Now in their 34th year, the Butler Trust annual awards recognise outstanding service by staff and volunteers working in UK prisons, probation, and youth justice settings. This year’s award ceremony was held at St James’s Palace, with The Princess Royal presiding, as she has each year since the charity’s launch. The Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. David Gauke MP, and Prison and Probation Minister, Rory Stewart, were among the audience of over 200 there to honour this year’s winners.

After the presentations, The Princess talked to Adam Connolly and his fellow winners over afternoon tea in the Palace State Rooms.

Simon Shepherd, Director of the Trust, said:

“Behind all the headlines, and hidden from view, is an unsung army of criminal justice workers and volunteers doing difficult, demanding and highly skilled work on all our behalves, with some of the most challenging people in society. Our awards are a way of saying a very public thank you to some of the most outstanding of them. And this year’s winners are as outstanding as ever.”

Speaking about Adam Connolly, the Chair of the Butler Trust’s independent awarding panel, Sir Michael Harrison said:

“Adam has shown real leadership in his mentoring and befriending project, and his tireless efforts have had a transformative impact on reintegrating offenders into the Merseyside community. His service meaningfully supports people in the way they need it most, when they need it most.”

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS added “I want to personally congratulate Adam, the team, and the project’s volunteers for their dedication to supporting people to turn their lives around. I am proud of the achievements of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project and I look forward to its continued success in the future under Adam’s excellent stewardship”.