AN INSPIRATIONAL Doncaster prison worker has been given a prestigious award for putting families first.
Brenda Fraser, family first interventions manager at HMP & YOI Doncaster received the High Sheriff’s Award‟ in recognition and appreciation of her innovative work with offenders and their families.
The award, which recognises outstanding achievements within the local community, was presented by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Andrew J Coombe.
Over the past 18 months Brenda has worked tirelessly to improve relations between prisoners and their families.
Her successful Families First programme helps fathers to develop and maintain ties with their families whilst in prison, something which has a proven affect on reducing the likelihood of prisoners reoffending.
Brenda has introduced numerous innovative schemes which support offenders to maintain family relationships including toddler mornings, Treasure Box, an initiative to help fathers reconnect with their children through arts and craft and Daddy Newborn classes to introduce fathers to babies born during their incarceration.
Commenting on her award, Brenda said: “I feel immensely proud to receive this recognition from the High Sheriff and will dedicate it to my impressive team for all their hard work.
“I hope 2012 will be as great as 2011 has been and I look forward to spreading the work we do in the prison into the community and reuniting families.”