Justice Minister David Ford has launched the annual Justice in the Community Awards.
The Awards, now in their third year, provide an opportunity to acknowledge those within the voluntary and statutory sectors who have made a significant contribution to making their communities safer.
David Ford said: “There are many inspirational people in our society, from both statutory and voluntary backgrounds, who work tirelessly, to make our community a safer place for everyone. Much of this work is done quietly and without expectation of recognition.
“The Justice in the Community Awards provides society and me with an opportunity to recognise those efforts in supporting the delivery of justice.
“I would therefore encourage everyone to consider nominating a person whom they believe deserves to receive the accolade of being a Justice Champion.”
The Awards are open to individuals or groups working in the voluntary, community and statutory sectors. Awards will be made to three ‘Justice Champions’ who are working at the heart of our community – including staff, volunteers and statutory workers – to improve justice for all. Each award will be up to the value of £500 each for equipment or services to benefit the winner’s local community. Highly commended awards may also be made at the discretion of the judging panel.
Notes to editors:
1. The awards are targeted towards those engaged directly with the community working alongside the criminal justice system to support the delivery of justice, with an emphasis on members of the public and volunteers/staff in voluntary and community groups, but also embracing the work of statutory sector staff that are community exemplars.
2. Previous winners have included a group of young people involved in raising awareness of the issues that can easily draw young people into crime; a community interface group working to rebuild communities affected by sectarianism; and individuals involved in supporting victims and helping to reduce reoffending.
3. Baroness May Blood, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Brendan McGuigan, Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice will make up the judging panel.
4. Nomination forms are available from the NIDirect website at www.nidirect.gov.uk/justiceawards. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 13 September 2013 to:
Justice in the Community awards
Department of Justice
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