Second award win for Recycling Lives' Academy supervisor

A Recycling Lives staff member has become a double-award winner for her work in a pioneering role.

Yvonne, supervisor of the HMP Academy in Styal women’s prison, was nominated for an award by offenders as part of a Performance Recognition programme.

Such awards are usually reserved only for offenders but instead the women chose to honour their line manager, applauding Yvonne’s outstanding commitment to them.

A letter of recognition from prison governor, Mahala McGuffie, read: “The nominations received applauded the work you do in Recycling Lives, increasing women’s confidence and giving them hope for the future. Thank you for making a difference.”

Having worked at Recycling Lives for four years, undertaking a range of roles at Recycling Lives Recycling Park (RLRP), Yvonne was identified as the perfect person for the job when the Styal Academy was opened in May 2016.

The role made Yvonne the first former offender employed within the Cheshire prison, having previously served a sentence there.

Operations director Alasdair Jackson said: “We are immensely proud of what Yvonne has achieved in her new role and the inspiration she provides to the women she manages. She is an example of what can be achieved with a great deal of determination, self-belief and support.”

This is Yvonne’s second award, having been handed a Special Commendation at the Women In Business Awards, hosted by Downtown In Business [as pictured above], late last year.

She said: “It was really good to get the award but I was shocked to get it. The girls say I’m an inspiration and that if I can do it, then they can. It makes me feel really good to hear that. My real reward will be when they are released and have a happy life.”