On 19th April I had the privilege of attending the final event of Nacro’s 50th anniversary year celebrations at Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.
Hosted by Rt Hon John Bercow MP, we welcomed politicians, funders, former CEOs and Chairs and many other senior stakeholders to celebrate with Nacro staff and service users.
Alongside speeches from Nacro Chair, Nigel Chapman, and the Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, our service users Shauna and Lee gave moving and inspiring accounts of how Nacro had changed their lives – there were definitely a few tears in the room!
I am so proud of all the service users and staff I work with.
Jacob Tas our CEO gave a big thank you to all the Nacro service users and staff and a special mention for Mike, Chair of our Community Voice Council, who was Master of Ceremonies for the evening – introducing the speakers and keeping everyone on track.
The event was a huge success and the support in the room, which was jam-packed, was a real testament to the incredible work that all of Nacro’s staff and volunteers do and have done over the last 50 years.
Originally formed as a criminal justice advocacy organisation, Nacro soon expanded to deliver direct help to people at difficult times in their lives, as well as campaigning for improved policy. We have adapted to the changing needs of people who come to us for help through the introduction of education centres, health support, housing and criminal justice services as well as our policy and influencing work.
Mr Speaker, John Bercow said:
“Nacro should be proud of the lives they have transformed through their pioneering work. Through this work, they are saving, rescuing and transforming the lives of victims, those who have committed crimes, and people who fall into both groups. It is easy to give sound bites about criminal justice but it is difficult to put energy in to making it work like Nacro does. They give people a second or third chance.”