Theresa Wimsey, Community Payback Supervisor at Adelaide House Independent Approved Premises (AHIAP) for women was the recipient of an ‘Exceptional Woman of the Year’ award.
The award was presented to Theresa by Baroness Jean Corston who was at Liverpool Cathedral to deliver a lecture during prison lecture week to mark the 10th anniversary of her review of female offenders in the UK titled the Corston Report. The Corston Report, commissioned by the Home Office, reviewed women with vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system and was published in March 2007.
Baroness Corston said: “The work that Theresa has done is real evidence of women’s lives being turned around through the avoidance of prison.”
Theresa received the award due to her journey full circle through the criminal justice system to become a community payback supervisor.
Theresa said: “I feel honoured to receive this award and owe it all to the support I have received at Adelaide House.
“It’s been a long, hard journey but it is paying off not only for me but for the women I work with because I am now helping them change their lives around.”
Theresa’s employer, AHIAP, manages the contract to deliver a community payback provision for women sentenced to unpaid work in Liverpool on behalf of Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC).
M CRC aligned their female offender provision with the report and supported the opening of a female only centre, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW), launched in 2011. TWW applies a comprehensive women centred approach to prevent offending and give life changing opportunities.
The Corston Report recommended a blueprint for women in the criminal justice system to provide a “distinct, radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach.”
On the report, Pat Thomas, CEO of AHIAP, said: “Adelaide House was modelled after the initial Corston Report and we have implemented services for women by women in a therapeutic and enabling environment.
“The line has always been one size fits all with offenders but the report highlighted that women are different and require a different approach.”