User Voice Council sees its event idea come to life

Merseyside CRC ‘Recognition Event’ celebrates work of service users, volunteers and staff with Mark Johnson in attendance

User Voice’s Council at Merseyside CRC (M CRC) saw one of their ideas come to life when the CRC staged a ‘Recognition Event’ to celebrate the work of service users, staff and volunteers.

Certificates for all of those nominated were handed out by M CRC’s chief executive Chris Edwards alongside User Voice Founder/CEO Mark Johnson.

Service users, staff and people from partner agencies nominated peer mentors, User Voice and M CRC’s staff for recognition.

Mark urged service users to have hope for the future, talking about his own life and contact with probation: “As people with lived experience of the criminal justice system, we know that we cannot change things on our own. Probation helped me get into rehab and I recognise that professionals play an absolutely pivotal role in introducing people to a new life.”

Chris Edwards said: “It is humbling and inspirational to hear about the work being done across Merseyside to help people make positive changes to their lives. Many of the nominations came with heartfelt nominations submitted by service users.

“They told of the support they had received. This testimony speaks volumes for the work being delivered day in day out by M CRC in often challenging circumstances to promote rehabilitation.”

Mark added: “I know from my time on the streets that probation is the only organisation out there that everyone knows about; whether you are seeking change or are someone who isn’t ready to do so yet. I want those service users who have made the commitment to change to appreciate that the sky is the limit.”

M CRC had more than 20 nominations. These were submitted by staff, volunteers, service user council representatives and service users, one recipient being Connor Southern, pictured with Mark Johnson (left) and Chris Edwards who received a certificate for his work as a volunteer on the Council.

Longer story here on M CRC website

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