Alana House named as winner of 2024 Robin Corbett Award

Alana House, PACT’s women’s community project in Berkshire, has been named as the 2024 winner of the Robin Corbett Award.

The Robin Corbett Awards shine a spotlight on the best work in prisoner reintegration. They were set up by the family of Robin Corbett who was passionate about prison reform and prison education.

 Judges were impressed by the practical way Alana House uses a trauma-informed, empathetic approach which diverts women away from the criminal justice system. 

Lady Val Corbett, Founder of the Robin Corbett Award, said: “Our judges include the Director of Prison Reform Trust, Former Head of London Prisons, President of Prison Governors Association, Former Secretary of State for Justice, a serving magistrate, a retired judge and a former prisoner. They agreed the applicants were of the highest standard since the RCA began in 2013 and we were happy with the three worthy winners we chose. 

“The 2024 winner, Alana House/PACT, established in 2010, supports women who had committed offences but needed support to make positive life changes. The two highly commended winners, Prisoners Abroad helps British citizens detained overseas and, just as important, supports their families while the RIFT Wise Women project aims to empower womenwith convictions by providing impactful self-employment support.” 

PACT CEO Natausha van Vliet said: “We are deeply honoured to receive the Robin Corbett Award in recognition of the important work of our women’s community project Alana House which aims to give women a brighter future for themselves and their children. Part of our transformative work includes embedding support workers in custody suites and courts to provide women with holistic and therapeutic support. This approach ultimately prevents women from entering the criminal justice system.” 

 As this year’s winner, Alana House will receive £5,000, a glass plaque donated by James Timpson and a book A Life Well Lived, written by Lady Corbett about her husband.