Hidden Hero Zoe makes final shortlist for Butler Trust Award
15 Nov 2022
With over 420 nominations for the justice sector’s most prestigious awards, Zoe – a Health Trainer with Ingeus’ Commissioned Rehabilitative Services Personal Wellbeing team in Chesterfield – is one of only 39 people to make it to the Butler Trust Award’s final shortlist. The winners will be announced later this year.
Launched in 1985, the awards are presented each year by the Butler Trust’s Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, to recognise those working in prisons, probation and youth justice settings.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be shortlisted!” exclaims Zoe. “It feels very special to be recognised for what I do to help people, I feel very humble and grateful. I don’t think it’s sunk in properly yet that I’ve made it to the final 39 out of so many people – I’m not sure I appreciate just how big the awards are!”
Zoe spent many years in and out of the justice system, and it’s this lived experience which underpins the outstanding help she gives to service users. The Health Trainer role varies enormously, from accompanying someone to a GP appointment to supporting a service user with mental health issues. Zoe’s inherent empathy and deep-rooted desire to help people turn their lives around means she intuitively goes the extra mile, recognising that even small touches, such as buying them a coffee, would mean a lot to the other person.
Adam Hart, Ingeus’s Chief Operating Officer, says, “I feel immense pride for Zoe and all of the justice team . So much of what Zoe and her colleagues do is unseen, but it’s most certainly not forgotten.
“Zoe is an exceptional member of the Personal Wellbeing team, drawing on her own personal experiences to ensure she helps service users to improve their lives – no matter the time or effort it will take, always going above and beyond what’s expected of her. She is an absolute credit to Ingeus, and fully deserves the recognition this award will bring.”
Zoe adds, “I always wish I could help people more than I do, and I hope this recognition will help to open more opportunities to do so. I hope that service users will see me as living proof that it’s possible to turn your life around and realise things can be different.
“Many congratulations to all of those on the shortlist. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the people who have helped me.”
To find out more about the Butler Trust awards, visit www.butlertrust.org.uk
, and read more about Ingeus’ Commissioned Rehabilitative Services here