We are delighted that the Amber Foundation has won a Community Award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for the work we do with homeless young people to reduce re-offending.
Amber was the winner of the Howard League’s Community Award in the category of Liaison and Diversion. Amber was awarded the winner’s accolade because of its holistic approach in dealing with homeless young people who have mental health problems, learning disabilities and / or substance misuse vulnerabilities when they first came into contact with the criminal justice system.
At Amber, we help transform the lives of homeless young people by offering not just a temporary place to call home, but also the structure and support needed for the young people to re-build their lives and move out of the downward spiral of homelessness and unemployment for good. Our ultimate aim is for everyone who stays with us to move into stable accommodation and into employment, education or training, with the skills, confidence and resilience needed for the long-term.
Amber were nominated by the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office in Surrey. Craig Jones said: “We’ve supported Amber’s work for the last three years so I’m very proud that Amber has won this award for the work it does to reduce homelessness and reoffending.” Paul Rosam, Chief Executive of the Amber Foundation said “We are delighted to have won this award for the work we do with homeless young people as our fundamental belief is that every young person needs a second chance and the opportunity to move on to positive independent futures.”
Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “The Howard League Community Awards celebrate successful projects and pioneers who guide people away from crime and help to make us all safer. Only the very best schemes in the UK are honoured each year and, once again, we were delighted to receive so many high-quality nominations.”