A probation service officer from Exeter has received a prestigious national award from HRH The Princess Royal.
Laura Greenhill, 47, received a Butler Trust Award, which recognises and celebrates outstanding dedication, skill and creativity by people working in prisons, probation and youth justice settings across the UK.
Laura received the award from Butler Trust patron HRH The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace on Thursday 15 March.
The recognition is a result of Laura’s hard work to deliver and develop probation work at the city’s recently refurbished CoLab community and wellbeing hub at Wat Tyler House in King William Street.
Laura works for Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC
), who partnered with the building’s owner Exeter CVS to widen and integrate services on offer at the hub. As well as probation services, other support on offer includes help with housing, training, volunteering, debt management and health matters.
Since DDC CRC’s involvement with the hub started, Laura has been involved with numerous projects designed to help people turn their back on crime, including work to transform the hub’s outside space and a photography exhibition.
Laura said: “I am delighted to receive for this award. This collaboration of services under one roof is really paying off for the people who use it.
“One of the best aspects of our community hub is that people come in without a label – they could be there for so many reasons from a visit to the GP to a training course – we have repeated feedback that this offers a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to come into.”
John Wiseman, South West Probation Director at Working Links, said: “Laura is a great role model to others as she doesn’t just talk the talk, but day by day walks the walk.”