Awards for Wiltshire quartet
Four probation workers from Wiltshire have been praised for their work and commitment by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Sarah Gooch.
Lady Gooch visited Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company’s (BGSW CRC) Chippenham office in February to present the High Sheriff of Wiltshire Award for service user engagement and commitment to good outcomes for service users.
The overall winner was Chris Bath, a probation officer from the CRC’s Swindon offender management team for his positive, solution-focused attitude, offering endless levels of practitioner and emotional support to all staff.
Chris has volunteered time after time to cover duties and take on new cases, delivering excellent performance and quality interventions that uphold the key values and ethics of probation work. Chris generates high levels of respect from service users and colleagues alike. His calm, engaging and reflective approach enables him to build an effective working relationship with the service user, placing them at ease, raising cognitive dissonance and encouraging change.
In addition, Highly Commended awards were received by three other CRC workers – Tracy Marquiss from Community Payback, Heather Durbin from the Trowbridge offender management team and Coral Clarke from the programmes team.
Lady Gooch said: “It was a real pleasure to see old friends and to meet some new dedicated members of the team. I so admire the work you undertake, you are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system.”