POPS Crystal Hearts Awards

Crystal Hearts Awards 2012STOP PRESS: Booking and nomination deadlines now extended!

The POPS Crystal Hearts Awards are designed to reward examples of outstanding work being carried out by an individual, team or organisation working within the Criminal Justice System.  Through these awards we recognise and promote examples of good practice being carried that have positively touched the lives of offenders and/or their families.

In addition, the event is designed to engage statutory, private, voluntary and community sector agencies to enable networking and hopefully encourage future partnerships. The diversity of delegates attending this event usually ranges from, Commissioners, Governors/Directors, Private/Voluntary Managers, Project workers, Practitioners, families of offenders, ex-offenders and many more.

As part of the DfE Volunteer at Court Annual Review this event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Criminal Justice System, celebrate its successes and meet different people working within and affected by the system.

The event aims to:

  • Share the successes and achievements of the DfE funded Volunteer Court Project
  • Promote partnership working
  • Promote good practice raise awareness
  • Engage with communities
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Reward outstanding achievements
  • Inspire, encourage and motivate

The audience will include delegates from the private and public, voluntary and community sectors as well as beneficiaries of services provided in the Criminal Justice System. The event will cater for approximately 200 delegates and will take the form of a FREE to attend day time event, where we focus on the experiences and outcomes of the DfE project during the morning and the Crystal Hearts Awards ceremony after lunch.

The Awards

Each award at the event has been designed to recognise outstanding achievements within the Criminal Justice System. The award categories are:

Volunteer of the Year Award

A volunteer who has shown commitment and achievement in a voluntary role over the past year. Open to: an individual / team/ project or organisation (voluntary, public and/or private sector).

Family Ties Award

This Award recognises innovative work with offenders and their families that have had a positive outcome. Open to: an individual / team/ project or organisation (voluntary, public and/or private sector) that have improved relationships between offenders and families.

Race & Diversity Award

This award celebrates the achievements of people, communities or organisations (voluntary, public and/or private sector) that strive for a more inclusive society. Open to: an individual / team/ project or organisation that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion; irrespective or race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

Positive Partnership Award

This award is for partnerships that have made a difference in terms of innovative service delivery/fundraising/profiling/teaching of wider client groups. Open to: two or more individuals/organisations (voluntary, public and/or private sector).

Outstanding Achievement

This award recognises those that have most affectively and innovatively worked with offenders which have led to a positive outcome over the past two years. Open to: an individual / team/ project or organisation (voluntary, public and/or private sector).

The Robin Halward CB Award For Long Service and/or Overall Outstanding Achievement: sponsored by POPS

Not open for external nominations. POPS will award an individual that has particularly impressed the judges by showing their commitment via long service and have constantly contributed their services and expertise within the Criminal Justice System


To book your place on the event, please complete the “booking form” and return to POPS as per the instructions detailed within it.  Booking deadline now extended to Friday 22nd June.

To make a nomination for a POPS Crystal Hearts category, complete the “nomination form” and return as appropriate. Nomination deadline now extended to 5pm on Wednesday 20th June.

 Please note all nominations should fulfil the criteria outlined in entry criteria for nominations.


If you have any queries please contact: 

2012 Crystal Hearts Awards Team POPS, 1079 Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8AJ

T 0161 702 1000

E eventsadmin@partnersofprisoners.co.uk