While we celebrate the heroes in our NHS at this time, donโ€™t forget the #HiddenHeroes working on in prisons, IRCs, probation and youth justice services.

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#HiddenHeroes message of support from Officers Partner, Romsey

The mantra stay safe is the new buzz # – Every text, email & message, & goodbye, but I along with many other officers other halfs, have been saying this every day they leave for work! It’s nothing new to us #hiddenheroes #forgottenservice. Stay safe & thank you all for your service x
From: Officers Partner, Romsey

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Pat Wilton, Peterhead

I want to thank all those working through the pandemic, helping to keep us safe, and to maintain continued security during these difficult times. Knowing that you are all giving the same level of professionalism despite worrying about your own families is commendable.
From: Pat Wilton, Peterhead

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Steve Pearson, HMP Garth

To say that we are proud of the work being carried out at HMP Garth would be a huge understatement. On a daily basis colleagues are working together to deliver the best regime possible despite the limitations. The positive testimonies received from prisoners acknowledge this huge effort by all.
From: Steve Pearson, HMP Garth

Berwyn x1

I’d just like to say thank you to the officers on my wing for doing an excellent job at this difficult time, and to the nurses in Healthcare for putting themselves in danger to look after us. Thank you very much
From: A Prisoner, Berwyn

Belmarsh

I’d like to thank all Belmarsh officers, governors for standing by us, keeping us going. I’d like to really thank you from all the prisoners in Belmarsh, people don’t do it enough but thank you, and God be with you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Belmarsh

Jane Williams

“Thank you to all the hidden heroes – you exemplify the sentiments of Churchill’s 1910 speech, as Home Secretary, to the House of Commons”

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From: Jane Williams, London

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Sue, Kent

My daughter is a Snr Probation Officer in a prison. She puts in many extra hours for the benefit of her team and the prisoners. Prison staff deserve more recognition for the demanding and difficult job they do all the time, but especially now. Well done to all of them.
From: Sue, Kent

#HiddenHeroes message of support from John Guiney, HMP WAYLAND

I wish to thank every one of our colleagues, not only the HMPPS, but the other valuable services across the UK. We all helped get through this and will continue to help each other get through this crisis and the next, all of us should give that extra clap to show us "it is the least we all deserve"
From: John Guiney, HMP Wayland

Emily Spademan

Thankful for those prisons who are doing an amazing job to handle this crisis in what has never been an easy environment, and one which is all too frequently forgotten #hiddenheroes
From: Emily S, London

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Emma, Sittingbourne l

A massive thank you goes to all the staff working tirelessly at hmp Pentonville not only in these testing times but everyday of every year, especially my amazing brother who I miss very much.
Thankyou to all other prison staff around the country as well for all your hard work ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ
From: Emma, Sittingbourne

#HiddenHeroes message of support from John Bensted, Bristol

In my 40 years in Probation and Youth Justice I always knew Probation & Prison Staff were unsung heroes, changing lives and giving hope. I now watch from the sidelines, as a Trustee for Shannon Trust, in even more total admiration & respect for your commitment and professionalism . Thank you
From: John Bensted, Bristol

Berwyn x2

Hat off to all members of staff for not forgetting about us in these hard times when they could be with family, many thanks and you are appreciated.
From: A Prisoner, Berwyn

Gail Hydon

I donโ€™t have the words, to really convey the thanks owed to the prison, probation and youth service staff who are genuinely hidden heroes. I am proud and privileged to be part of this organisation and never more so than during these testing times. Thanks to you and your families for what and how you do what you do every day. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
From: Gail Hydon, HMPPS

#HiddenHeroes message of support from D.A., HMP Ashfield

Thank you all staff, from those who have made sure we got our canteen, finance, so we can get paid weekly, and to all management and PCOโ€™s who are keeping us safe. I will be banging my door every Thursday, along with everyone else, to show appreciation for all who are working to keep us safe.
[via Inside Time]
From: D.A., HMP Ashfield

International nurses day

On International Nurses Day:

The nurses in our prisons go above and beyond… Thank you for all you do… – Jo Farrar, HMPPS CEO

Our thanks to our fantastic nurses & other healthcare professionals. You are all superstars! โ€“ HMP Bullingdon

A huge thank you to all the nurses who are part of the team here โ€“ HMP Pentonville

Big shout out to all the nurses working tirelessly through these difficult times โ€“ HMP Garth

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#HiddenHeroes message of support from Sue OHara Chair, Shannon Trust

Thank you on behalf of the Board of The Shannon Trust to all those #Hiddenheroes in the Prison and Probation Service who have a difficult job at the best of times and who are going above and beyond all our expectations in these difficult times. Thank you so much for all that you do.
From: Sue O’Hara Chair, Shannon Trust

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Bob Lawless, London

To all those involved and especially those front – line workers in running HM Prisons, during this very difficult time. I offer my respect and thanks. It is difficult enough for the local community to deal with the challenges before them. On behalf of the local community. Thank You.
From: Bob Lawless, London

Joe Pattinson, Brinsford

Despite peopleโ€™s own anxieties, the care and support I have witnessed has been truly inspirational. Compassion and humility have been in abundance. Brinsfordโ€™s community showing appreciation for key workers with rounds of applause and donations to local Health Trust shows what a truly fantastic group of people you are. To behave like this while living and working in such difficult times is a credit to you all.
From: Joe Pattinson, HoBA Brinsford

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Justin Russell, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation

A massive thanks to all the frontline staff in the probation service and working in local Youth Offending Teams who are working so hard at the moment in very difficult circumstances to check in on the welfare of the many thousands of people you supervise. We salute you!
From: Justin Russell, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation

Brixton prisoner

A poem by one of the men at HMP Brixton:
“Let’s give thanks to our officers
They feel the pressure too
But still they risk their own lives
To be here for me and you”
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From: Anon, HMP Brixton

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Ivy, HMP Ranby

It is without doubt that our staff do one of the most difficult jobs, with little reward and yet with minimal complaint. You stand with courage in the face of adversity most days and for that we applaud you. May you be proud of the work that you do, the person you are and the difference you make.
From: Ivy, HMP Ranby

Elmley x

I know we’re all struggling now, locked up in our cell, I just wanna thank all the staff, all the healthcare system, they’d doing a lot for us right now, risking their own lives, respect to all of them.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Elmley

Jack C, FS

A message from a staff family member at Full Sutton
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From: Jack C, age 11

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Neil Thomas, HMP Stocken

I have the honour to work for the staff of HMP Stocken. My team constantly amaze me, they demonstrate the very best that the public services of our country have to offer, courage, teamwork, compassion and determination. Brighter happier days are coming, Im proud of you all. #teamstocken #hiddenheroes
From: Neil Thomas, HMP Stocken

Anonymous prisoner

This is to all you heroes out there working hard, trying to benefit all these people out here that need your help. Keep doing what you’re doing, I think it’s great. I think youโ€™re amazing, god bless you all.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Finola, Chisllehurst

I want to send a huge vote of thanks to to every single person who works within the prison service for their dedicated commitment doing valuable work on our behalf. When I am applauding all those people who work so hard to help us on a Thursday evening, you will be included.
From: Finola, Chisllehurst

Woodhill 2

I’d like to thank all the NHS workers and all the prison officers for all the great work they’re doing in HMP Woodhill and Swaleside. Thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Woodhill

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Joanna Perkins, London

I want to thank all those who work within our prisons.

Key workers, doing amazing work in such challenging times; from the officers, chaplains, maintenance to nursing/mental health & education teams.

I'm looking forward to being back in as Prison Fellowship volunteer.

THANK YOU! x

From: Joanna Perkins, London

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Donna Meade, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company

As Director of Operations I wanted to thank and profile all of our fabulous staff involved in the delivery of probation services across Cheshire & Greater Manchester . They are Hiddenheroes – whose hard work and dedication to do the right thing and make a difference is truly appreciated and valued!
From: Donna Meade, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company

Northumberland 3

I just wanna say a big thanks to all the staff who is working here and making sure that we’re still getting out of our cells on time and having time out on the exercise yard and out in the kiosks – so I just wanna say a big thanks to them.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Northumberland

Ronnie Armour

I am honoured and humbled to lead the Northern Ireland Prison Service when I see the work Prison staff do in challenging and supporting those placed in our care to change their behaviours. Behind the walls and out of sight Prison Officers work with complex, demanding and often dangerous individuals in an effort to reduce the likelihood of them reoffending and make our community a safer. The professionalism, commitment and dedication of Prison Officers is demonstrated everyday as they keep on working with offenders when everyone else has given up. Prison Officers have always been hidden heroes, but never more so than now as in an unselfish and sacrificial way they face the unprecedented challenges of COVID19. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.
From: Ronnie Armour, Director General, NI Prison Service

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Sean Haley, Sodexo

We have many colleagues in Sodexo delivering essential services – these are our hidden heroes. Our people who work in prisons and probation support local communities by providing critical services and keeping people safe. I am proud of all of them and applaud them for continued support #SodexoProud
From: Sean Haley, Sodexo

Ian Blakeman, Pentonville

There have been numerous times in the last few weeks when I’ve been overcome with emotion and pride at the commitment staff at Pentonville have been making. The courage and selflessness has been astounding at a time when I know many must have been scared both for themselves and loved ones. What has made this more remarkable is the resilience shown in the face of losing much loved colleagues. I am so proud of you and know that if we can do this we can do anything.
From: Ian Blakeman, Governor, HMP Pentonville

New Hall

I am proud of our heroes. I am so proud and grateful for you all. Keep up the good work and stay safe. Thank you for what you do for the people. Take care.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP New Hall

Lindholme

I’d just like to say thank you to all the healthcare workers and members of staff that are still coming into work even though it’s dangerous and to the National Health Service. Thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Lindholme

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Jacquie Teakle, HMPPS

To all my colleagues working with offenders,

Thank you so much for all that you do in these difficult times. It is not often a easy job and in these current climes, well I can't imagine what you must be going through to keep the country safe. Thank you!

Keep well and safe!!!

Jax xx

From: Jacquie Teakle, HMPPS

Helena Lawrie

The prison officers are doing an amazing job. They are putting their selves at risk every day, and of course their families [on Facebook]
From: Helena Lawrie, Bradford

Bullingdon

I just wanna say thank you to all the staff who could be at home with their families now but instead they choose to come in and make sure we get our exercise and facilities, you’re doing a great job so thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Bullingdon

High Down 2

I just want to say something to HMP staff, Her Majesty’s High Down prison staff, they’re doing a brilliant job during this coronavirus. I just wanna say a massive thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP High Down

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Garry Newnes, Governor HMP & YOI Hollesley Bay, Suffolk

My staff are outstanding at this difficult time, working extra hours including evenings and weekends to fit around childcare and managers living away from home to protect their families. The whole establishment is working together, Iโ€™ve never been prouder! No Governor can ask for more! #hiddenheroes
From: Garry Newnes, Governor HMP & YOI Hollesley Bay, Suffolk

Rev Canon Alan

Please remember our prison staff… hidden heroes indeed

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From: @RevCanonAlan (on Twitter)

Brinsford 2

Hello I’d just like to give a big shoutout to all the NHS staff outside and all the staff inside Brinsford at Care UK. I’d like to say thank you for all that you’re doing, you’re doing a great job thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Brinsford

John Samuels

I should like to pay my personal tribute to the super-dedicated HOLS who have distributed course materials under cell doors to those undertaking distance learning, in many cases for courses supplied by PET. The news of that flickering flame of learning being kept alive has been a genuine tonic. It makes me proud to be associated with such devoted people.
From: John Samuels, President PET

Low Newton nurses

“To all the nurses, pharmacists, to you all,
You’s are amazing
Thank you for all your hard work
We appreciate all wot you’s are doing to protect us
You’s are our superheros”
From: C/D wings, Low Newton

Terry Waite video

Working in a prison is not easy at the best of times but today the job is made even more difficult. Most people will never see the inside of a prison, but those who know the system recognise how difficult it can be. I would like you to know that your work – and of your colleagues in probation and youth justice – is appreciated. You are not forgotten.

From: Terry Waite CBE, Suffolk

The Mount

I’d ike to say thank you to all the NHS workers and all the prison staff. It is hard at times like this. My heart goes out to you all. If it wasn’t for you lot we wouldn’t survive. Thank you so much I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP The Mount

Phil Copple

Whether as a prison officer, a prison governor or a senior official, I have always been proud of what we stand for and proud to be a member of our Service. I have never been more proud than I am at this moment. When people look back, I hope how we responded helps to improve our prestige, and the regard in which you are all held. I will be immensely proud that everyone saw my staff and managers to be the brave and dedicated public servants you are, who in a moment of national crisis knew where their duty lay, and fulfilled that duty magnificently. Well done, and thank you for everything that you are doing.
From: Phil Copple, DG HMPS

Foston Hall

A big shout out to all the people looking after people in the jails that are sick with covid 19. Thanks to the NHS too!
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Foston Hall

High Down

I’d just like to say basically I’m thankful for all the prison officers on houseblock 3. They’re always here to help, they always try to support. I’m just thankful for them at this time on this journey. Stay bless and thanks.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP High Down

Northumberland x2

I just wanna give a massive shoutout to all the NHS staff in Northumberland, they’re doing a brilliant job, risking their lives to save others, the same as others in the UK.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Northumberland

Pentonville

I’d just like to say thanks to all the staff and all the medical staff for coming in and looking after us. They’re coming in, they’ve got their own families, they don’t have to do it but they do. Thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Pentonville

MoJ

Thank you to all our #JusticeHeroes who are keeping our Justice System running during the #coronavirus pandemic ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Our prisons are filled with rainbows to show appreciation for the incredible critical workers whoโ€™re keeping us safe.

From: MoJ (via Twitter)

 

Manchester

I just wanna say that the staff here are doing a great job, they’re fully supporting us, giving us extra TV channels, making sure we’re socially distancing, giving us extra food packs. They’re really deserve a shoutout. They’ve got families, they’re so compassionate to us. I just wanted to say a big thank you from all of the boys to the staff. Thank you very much.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Manchester

Cheryl Lamont CBE, CEO PBNI

I would like to pay tribute to probation staff working throughout Northern Ireland and within our neighbouring jurisdictions to deliver essential services. During these difficult times I have been immensely impressed by the resilience, dedication and professionalism they have shown. At this time more than ever, we must work together, share learning and innovation and continue to build safer communities for all. #Thank you to all the #hiddenheroes at this time.
From: Cheryl Lamont CBE, CEO PBNI

Valerie Fussell

Thank you for your hard work and commitment in especially difficult circumstances. It is noticed and very much appreciated.
From: Valerie, Loughborough

Anon, HMP Forest Bank

“This is just a little card to let you all know how much we appreciate all the staff at Forest Bank…”
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From: Anon, HMP Forest Bank

Caroline – Shannon Trust

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our hidden heroes in the prison service. You do an absolutely amazing job in all areas of the prison and show so much supportive and kindness to the people in your care. A special thanks to my colleagues in the South and Wales- I hope to see you soon.
From: Caroline, Regional Manager, Shannon Trust

Northumberland 2

I’d like to thank all the staff, chapliancy, Junction 42 and healthcare especially Mr X for bravely coming to work when he’s not long had a child of his own, showing amazing support. God bless the prison service, thanks.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Northumberland

#HiddenHeroes message of support from A Prisoner, HMP Bristol

I'd just like to thank all the staff in Bristol for all their help with me being out of hospital for a week and the hard job they're up against at the minute but they were their with full support. I'd like to thank them and the NHS and everybody else that's fighting through these hard times. Cheers
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Bristol

Charles Shepherd

Congratulations on all your hard work at this most difficult of times. You are not forgotten and your endeavours are greatly appreciated by the public who well understand the risks you take on a daily basis exacerbated by COVID19. Thank you.
From: Charles S, Cheshire

Lord Woolf

On behalf of myself and everyone at the Butler Trust, I warmly congratulate everyone working in prisons who have been “the Hidden Heroes” of the Covid 19 crisis.

The Butler Trust exists to mark extraordinary things that happen within the criminal justice system and your work and contributions to the system in the present Covid 19 crisis certainly comes within this description. You are the Hidden Heroes of the crisis because of what you are doing, and each one of you deserves to be recognised as such.

From: Lord Woolf, Butler Trust Patron

Russ Trent

I would like to thank our fantastic staff and their leaders. Their work is usually hidden from the general public so doesnโ€™t get the appreciation it deserves. I have been so impressed with their dedication, courage, flexibility and adaptability. I would also like to recognise the professional way our staff unions have supported their members and helped make the workplace as safe as possible for all concerned.
From: Russ Trent, Prison Group Director HMPPS

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Peter Holloway, CEO of Prison Fellowship England and Wales

On behalf of the whole of Prison Fellowship, I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude to prison and probation staff across the country, including dedicated prison chaplains. We see you and we honour you. God bless you, your families, and all those you care for, and keep you safe.
From: Peter Holloway, CEO of Prison Fellowship England and Wales

Peter Dawson

The greatest respect goes to all the hidden heroes who work, volunteer and live in prison, and find a capacity for kindness in the hardest of places. When this is over, may you never have to endure such conditions again. Peter Dawson, Prison Reform Trust.
From: Peter Dawson, Prison Reform Trust

Durham

I wanna big shoutout on C wing, that’s where I am and a massive thanks to all the staff and all the nurses. You’re the best, thanks.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Durham

Low Newton x

Thank you to all the NHS workers, I appreciate all the work you’re doing. Thank you to all the staff at Low Newton that are coming in.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Low Newton

The Mount x

I’d like to say hello an keep up the good work to all the prison staff who are working diligently. Thank you for supporting us on the lockdown and seeing that we get our little bit of exercise, it is much appreciated that they’re coming in on a daily basis. Everybody else is getting mentioned in society and it is a hidden job that often goes without recognition.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP The Mount

Woodhill

Big thank you to the NHS for helping the public and helping the prisoners. And thank you to the HMP Woodhill staff. Thank you for helping us through this time. It’s going to get better. Heads up chest out. Keep on going. Spread the love.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Woodhill

Graham Beck

I feel privileged to work alongside some amazing people. Over the past few weeks I have seen many examples of the calm professionalism that gets us through the most difficult of times, and the reassurance of confident, courageous and patient people dealing with new and complex situations. No one could have foreseen the things that colleagues have been dealing with recently, but the resilience and innovation that is evident is inspirational.
From: Graham Beck, Governor HMP Wymott

A Prisoner, Doncaster

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the NHS staff out there right now doing an amazing job supporting us and the Care UK for doing such an amazing job inside the prison. I’d like to say thank you to all the prison staff and everyone else, all the workers, all the cleaners, kitchen staff, everyone is doing an amazing job.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Doncaster

Jeanette Whitford

I am so proud to know that colleagues in probation and prisons are – as always – doing a heroic job to protect us all, working constructively with offenders, and changing lives in the most difficult of circumstances. Thank you for all that you are doing – hidden heroes and heroines – but superheroes each one of you. Thank you for bringing your care and passion to your challenging work each day.
From: Jeanette Whitford, Trustee, Butler Trust

Styal

To all the hidden heroes looking after every inmate in all the prisons. Stay strong, we’ll get through this together. Thanks.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Styal

The Mount x2

I’d like to request you make a special dedication to all the staff working hard and diligently in HMP The Mount, especially the wellbeing wing.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, The Mount

A Prisoner, HMYOI Brinsford

A massive thank you to all the staff at HMP Brinsford, everyone is going through a tough time with this coronavirus. It’s a tough time for all of us but if we work together with the staff and then hopefully we can get back to normal. Thank you to NHS workers who are working 24/7, it’s brilliant what they’re doing. Thanks to all the prison officers as well. Thanks for doing an amazing job and supporting us. Thank you.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMYOI Brinsford

Hindley

I just want to leave a message for all the staff on D wing in Hindley. These people are definitely hidden heroes and cannot do enough for us. Also the governors and nurses you can’t forget them. They are my hidden heroes.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Hindley

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Julian Avery, President, High Sheriffs’ Association of England and Wales. Past Treasurer, The Butler Trust,

High Sheriffs see support for Prisons and Probation as a key part of our role and we know the difference you can and do make to those with whom you work, never more important than in these challenging times. We salute you. You are all Heroes, hidden or not. We send you our thanks and all best wishes
From: Julian Avery, President, High Sheriffs' Association.

Peter Timms

The people working on in our offender services at this time, reflect what is the very best in humanity. Seeking always to give hope, purpose and new meaning to the lives of those within their care. Some 68 years after I joined the Prison Service, l remain properly proud of the Hidden Heroes who through their devotion so enrich the moral fibre of our country that no prison wall can ever hide. I salute you!
From: Peter Timms MA OBE

Swaleside 2

I would like to give a shout out to all the heroes who are working through this difficult time.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Swaleside

Peter Clarke

Even during the darkest days of the Covid-19 crisis, it was reassuring to know that so many dedicated and brave colleagues were working, often unseen and unheard, in vital areas of our justice, prison and probation services. Your contribution in supporting and reassuring service users, their friends and families and the wider public should not be forgotten, and indeed should be celebrated. Thank you โ€“ one and all.
From: Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Forest Bank

I’d like to do a huge shout out to all the staff in all the prisons who are working their absolute socks off at the moment during this difficult time.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Forest Bank

Tim Allen

I am truly amazed and beyond proud of all our staff and partners working in our prisons at this difficult time. The compassion, determination and sheer hard work of staff is truly appreciated.
Working together we make a difference!
From: Tim Allen, Prison Group Director, HMPPS

Tina Lloyd

They really are amazing unsung heroes even under normal circumstances.
[on Facebook]
From: Tina Lloyd

Michael Harrison

A big, big thank you to all of you who are working in prisons, probation or youth justice. You are our hidden heroes and we applaud all you are doing with enormous gratitude.
From: Michael Harrison, Butler Trust Trustee

Tony Oliver

I continue to be amazed, but not surprised, by the level of commitment, energy, resilience and cross-team cooperation shown by staff across the board. These are desperately difficult times like Iโ€™ve never experienced in my long career, and we donโ€™t have the โ€˜perfectโ€™ solution. What we do have, is a shared determination to deliver a safe and secure environment, with care and compassion. All HMPPS staff and our partner agencies are genuinely #HiddenHeroes and Iโ€™m proud of each and every one of them.
From: Tony Oliver, Governor, HMP Hull

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Andy Gullick, RIFT Social Enterprise

To all of my former colleagues in the Prison Service, I have the utmost respect for you.

Whilst other public services rightfully receive plaudits, you all continue to work with the most challenging individuals during the most challenging of times with very little mention.

I am proud of you all. Thank you.

From: Andy Gullick, RIFT Social Enterprise

Scrubs

I want to thanks all the prison staff and all the NHS staff for doing a brilliant job. Keep up the good work!
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Diane Caddle

A huge heartfelt thank you to all staff working tirelessly across prison and probation services to ensure continued support for those in our care during these exceptionally challenging times. I applaud the brilliant work you are doing!
From: Diane Caddle, Executive Director, HMPPS

Leeds

I would just like to say a big thank you to all the prison staff for coming to work, especially durign this time even on A wing in Leeds. So we are getting out our cells and getting showers and aren’t banged up all day. So a massive thank you to them – prison staff members across the system.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Leeds

Emily Tofield

I want to say a huge thank you to our colleagues right across the prison estate, youth justice and probation services. Their crucial work โ€“ not just at this difficult time but day in and day out โ€“ keeps the public safe and turns lives around. Too often they are the #HiddenHeroes in our justice system and my team is determined to tell their stories.
From: Emily Tofield, DIrector of Comms, MoJ

A Prisoner, Garth

Big shoutout to all the staff here at Garth for their amazing work they’re doing both NHS and disciplinary. It’s a shame that this isn’t being voiced on the mainstream headlines, they’re doing just as good a job as mainstream workers. Then my second one is for the governor here who’s doing their best to keep everyone occupied, keep family ties and that. So yeah, massive shoutout to everyone here.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Garth

Chris Jennings

I have been truly amazed by the resilience, positive attitude and commitment shown by the staff in prisons, probation and HQ teams across HMPPS Wales. The support and compassion they have shown each other and the men in their care has been awe-inspiring and I am very proud to call them all colleagues. Quite simply, amazing. Diolch yn fawr iawn! Thank you very much!
From: Chris Jennings, Executive Director, HMPPS Wales

New Hall

I would like to thank all the heroes that work in all the prisons and I would also like to thank the NHS for doing a brilliant, fantastic job with this coronavirus that’s going round. I am proud of both parties and I would like to thank them for their support, thank you so very much.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMPNew Hall

Tony Pearson

I am very much aware of the stresses and strains that must be affecting so many people working in all parts of the correctional services. I gladly salute all those who go to work day in, day out to ensure services are maintained. I shall include an extra clap for you all when we stand on our doorstep on Thursday evening to thank everyone working to keep others safe.
From: Tony Pearson, Butler Trust Patron

Jerry Petherick

My thoughts are with everyone working in all our prisons and custodial settings. A tough and demanding job in the best of times; the current challenges make your work and response even more impressive. Your work goes on largely unseen but you deserve all of our admiration and thanks. Thanks too to your families and friends who will be giving you much needed care and support. Well done all!
From: Jerry Petherick

PJ McParlin

Within a complex and demanding custodial workplace and in the midst of an unprecedented crisis your care and compassion has ensured that prisoners and the public remain safe and secure. Hidden heroes have become visible heroes. Thank you on behalf of us all.
From: PJ McParlin, former Officer and POA Chair

Swaleside 1

I’d like to leave a message of thanks and respect for all those coming into prison and helping us in this difficult time and all those nurses and doctors in the NHS putting themselves at risk. We wouldnโ€™t be able to survive in here without those prison officers so I owe them a massive debt and respect.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Swaleside

Andrew, Purley

Thank you so much to all the #HiddenHeroes in our prison and probation services, working through the current crisis โ€“ I know things are tough right now, but what youโ€™re doing is truly appreciated. THANK YOU!
From: Andrew, Purley

Preston

I’d just like to give a big shoutout and say thank you to the staff for looking after us in the best way they can. They come in from outisde from their loved ones and they put everything into the job.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Preston

Wanno 1

I’ve gotta send a shoutout to all the people that work in the Pathways to Recovery, each and every single one of them, they do nothing but help people; and each and every single person that works for the NHS. The way this pandemic is rolling they’re just doing nothing but love.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Wandsworth

Heather Whitehead

I am hugely grateful and proud of colleagues across Prisons, Probation and YCS for all they are doing to protect the public and look after the most vulnerable members of our community โ€“ and of my team at Brinsford, who work tirelessly, selflessly and with humanity to deliver the best they can in such unprecedented times. Thank you so much; none of you are forgotten and your work continues to change lives, and I am sure save lives.
From: Heather Whitehead, Governor, HMPYOI Brinsford

Craig Lowe

Every day I see the staff working tirelessly to provide care, support and reassurance to our young people. They are truly #hiddenheroes. One minute a cleaner, the next a caterer, then a carer, a mediator, an entertainer and an educator… to name but a few… when times are challenging, we continue to deliver! Keep up the great work, and stay safe, I am extremely proud of you all.
From: Craig Lowe, Governor, HMYOI Wetherby

Wyn Jones

Itโ€™s at times like these, that we truly begin to understand the value of people. Particularly people that put themselves at risk for the greater good. If society ever doubted that working in prison is a vocation, then Iโ€™m sure that such thoughts have now been banished forever! Sadly we currently have several colleagues very poorly in hospitals, up and down the country, our prayers and thoughts are with them and their families.
#HiddenHeroes
From: Wyn Jones, Serco

Michelle Jarman-Howe

I am beyond proud of how staff in all of our prisons and in the community have responded to C19. Caring, determined and positive, continuing to make a difference to peopleโ€™s lives even in these difficult times โ€“ HMPPS at its best.
From: Michelle Jarman-Howe, Exec. Director, Public Prisons South

Rebecca, Greenwich

I have no idea how you do your jobs – I know I couldn’t. But I am very glad you do. You really are #HiddenHeroes. Thank you!
From: Rebecca, Greenwich

Bronzefield

I’d like to leave a message for all the officers that have assisted us at this time, they come to work even though they know the risks and I respect them for that and I thank them.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Bronzefield

Sarah Coccia

I am so proud of all our staff who work very much out of sight from the general public, but day in and day out deliver a professional service that protects the public and cares for the people we hold in custody. We certainly have many hidden heroes and I am humbled every day by the actions, teamwork, bravery, kindness and dedication that I witness. Thank you for all that you do. #hiddenheroes
From: Sarah Coccia, London Prisons Group Director

Northumberland 4

I’d like to put a message of support for all the chapliancy team. They’re working really hard to bring people the books with all the services on and all the people who have different faiths. So a big bigup for the chaplicany team.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Northumberland

Phil Wheatley

Working both with prisoners and offenders in the community is always challenging in a way that is rarely understood by the wider public. The Coronavirus has created a whole new order of risk, particularly for staff working in prisons who cannot avoid some close contact with their prisoners and also with other prison staff. All the staff involved deserve greater public recognition and thanks for continuing to work in these difficult circumstances. Their determination to keep on working ensures the justice system continues to keep the public protected and that prisons are as safe as is possible.
From: Phil Wheatley, London

Dovegate prisoner

From a letter to the Governor of HMP Dovegate from one of the men: “A massive thank you to you all, with the height of respect to you all, we stand to attention and salute you”
From: Anon, HMP Dovegate

Haworth House

Big round of applause for all AP staff who are keeping the show on the road.
Grateful for all key workers during this pandemic.
From: Haworth House AP (via Twitter)

Christopher Critchlow

Unlike you who work in prisons, most of hadnโ€™t experienced a lockdown. Now we have. But today lockdown for you is not just at work but also at home and off duty. You are coping magnificently under such unusual stress and your uncomplaining performance of your duties is to be commended. May you all keep well.
From: Christopher Critchlow

Brinsford

A little message for the hidden heroes in the jail, yeah man well done to you. That’s it really.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Brinsford

Tim Gurrey

Staff across HMPPS have risen to the challenge, utilising all the skills at their disposal, at this difficult time. They may sometimes be forgotten, but they are keyworkers and #HiddenHeroes.
From: Tim Gurrey, Ambassador for Prison Officers

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Aidy J, HMP Full Sutton

Very proud of staff within HMPPS doing so much to keep so many safe during this crisis. The work that staff are doing on a day to day basis, despite the risk to themselves and their families, is remarkable and a true testament to their commitment and professionalism. They are truly #HiddenHeroes
From: Aidy J, HMP Full Sutton

Humber x

Thank you to the staff at HMP Humber, I appreciate everything they’re doing for us, I wanna thank the lads for their co-operation and basically thank the NHS, they’re doing a brilliant job, we couldn’t do this without them.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Humber

Elaine Bevan

It’s about time all these people were recognised for what they do everyday. Thank you for The Prison Service ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
[on Facebook]
From: Elaine Bevan, Bridgend

Styal

Can you put a shoutout to all the nurses and officers, thank you for all your health and support for keeping us in routine. If they weren’t doing their work it would have been worse.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Styal

Louise Falshaw

The work that probation, youth and prison staff do in the publicโ€™s name and to its benefit often gets overlooked. Itโ€™s now more important than ever that we recognise these exceptional people in trying to keep us and others safe, especially during this difficult time. The messages on this website say it all. Letโ€™s make sure they donโ€™t get forgotten again.
From: Louise Falshaw, London

James Timpson

Thank you to all our prison and probation officers who are working so hard to help prisoners and their families at the moment. Their kindness and dedication is always appreciated, but never more so than now.
#hiddenheroes
From: James Timpson (via Twitter)

Claire Hubb

Huge shout out to our prison officers, governors, chaplains and all workers in the prison system working to keep residents and the public safe. Thank you to all key workers ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. Keep safe.
#justiceheroes #HiddenHeroes
From: @Claire_Hubb (via Twitter)

Bullingdon x

Just to say thanks to the prison staff, they probably saved me from death, they’re one in a million, we’re thinking of them, hard time. Thanks.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Bullingdon

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Glen Garcia, london

As an ex officer I understand how difficult the job is at the best of times, so I can only say how proud I am of all my ex-colleagues working in this time of uncertainty. Prisons have always been the forgotten service and prison officers the forgotten heroes of the criminal justice system. Heroes.
From: Glen Garcia, london

Wealstun

I would just like to say a big thank you to all the staff at HMP Wealstun that are keeping us safe day in, day out, coming into work as keyworkers and making sure we get out of our cells for daily exercise and a shower.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Wealstun

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Alison Liebling, Prisons Research Centre, Cambridge

Many thoughts, warmest wishes, and thanks, to all of those on the front line who are coping with an unprecedented situation, full of risk. You are not forgotten. All of us who know prisons have some grasp of what you are dealing with. Like our NHS staff, you are saving and protecting lives. Heroic.
From: Alison Liebling, Prisons Research Centre, Cambridge

Brian Davies

As a retired PO my respect to all the staff working so valiantly behind the walls at this critical time. Stay safe and well.
[on Facebook]
From: Brian Davies, Market Weighton

Lorraine Johnstone

“Your job is so tough even in the best of times. I can only imagine what itโ€™s like now. Thank you for all that you do.” [via LinkedIn]
From: Lorraine Johnstone, Strathclyde Uni

Northumberland 1

Thank you to all the staff and nurses working on houseblock 3, thank you for the support on bang up and giving us private cash ยฃ5 so we can keep in touch with families and thank you very much.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Northumberland

Durham x

Big shoutout to staff and a big shoutout to all the NHS workers
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Durham

Seb, Nottingham

Hats off to all the brave prison officers out there – thanks for helping keep us safe. Stay safe too!
From: Seb, Nottingham

Notts x

Shoutout to everyone in HMP Nottingham, all the healthcare team and the staff during this lockdown – shoulder to shoulder
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Nottingham

#HiddenHeroes message of support from Sarah, Surrey

I am so proud to work alongside some of the most resilient people ever!! I want to thank all the staff at HMP Coldingley for the all the laughs and commitment through these difficult times. No matter what we face, we do it together!! Thank you, you make work that bit easier #Ateam
From: Sarah, Surrey

New Futures Network

Thank you to all our #HiddenHeroes working in prison and probation services, and for everything you continue to do to support the people in your care, especially during such a unique, testing time.
From: @NewFutrsNet (via Twitter)

Highfield AP

Thank you to our #HiddenHeroes @Highfield_AP & all APs @hmpps staff this weekend & always! Protecting the public & Making a difference! I am always proud of you! #WereAllInThisTogether
From: @JennaFurnessNPS (via Twitter)

Shelley, Surrey

Well done and thank you to prison and probation staff for everything youโ€™re doing at this difficult time. You are all stars! โญโญ
From: Shelley, Surrey

Brixton x

I wanna appreciate all the NHS workers that’s here. I wanna appreciate all the officers that’s working, all the staff that could be at home with their families. We know that they don’t have to be here, but they are. God bless them.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Brixton

YJB

Thank you to everyone working in the youth justice system for everything youโ€™re doing to keep children and communities safe during this time #JusticeHeroes #HiddenHeroes
From: Youth Justice Board (on Twitter)

Gethin Unlocks

Can we all clap & applaud all #Prison personnel that are turning up everyday to help, motivate, install hope & run some kind of regime. They are not at home they are hidden behind a wall. The media is not recognising them but we can. I want to say a THANK YOU for all that you do
From: @GethinUnlocks (via Twitter)

Swaleside x

Massive massive thank you for every NHS worker in HMP Swaleside looking after all of us, you are the beating heart of this prison. Thank you for waking up, coming to work and looking after us all, you really do deserve the best in life.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Swaleside

Andy KD

Iโ€™m applauding all our brave prison governors, officers, OSGs, chaplains and other key workers in the prison system who are working to keep prisoners and the public safe. Thank you. Keep safe. #justiceheroes #HiddenHeroes
From: @AndyKeenDowns (via Twitter)

Caleb from Croydon

A huge THANK YOU to the brilliant people working in prisons right now to keep everyone safe, youโ€™re doing an amazing job!

From: Caleb, Croydon

Bullingdon Care UK

Shout out to our amazing healthcare partners – CareUk! Keeping our prison community safe with care, treatment, expert advice, hard work and support. Children from a local nursery created this beautiful artwork to show their support #Hiddenheroes
From: HMP Bullingdon (on Twitter)

Helen-Paul Cato

We often take these services for granted, and don’t show our appreciation, so thank you for all that you do to keep us safe. Best wishes to you all x [on Facebook]
From: Helen-Paul Cato, Bucks

Hindley

I would like to give a shoutout to all the NHs staff that are working in our prisons to keep us fit and healthy, they’d doing a fantastic job and they deserve praise – they go out of their way to make sure everyone is fit and well. Thank you to NHS inside and outside.
[via National Prison Radio]
From: A Prisoner, HMP Hindley

Dawn Jessop

My deepest respect goes to our teams working this weekend in all areas of healthcare and the prisons. A tough job at the best of times, but right now they are going above and beyond in every way. Thank you
@careuk #COVIDใƒผ19 #heroes #prisons #Nurses
From: @Jessop_Dawn (via Twitter)

Nick Wood

“Dedicated people doing amazing work mostly out of sight but not out of mind to many of us” [via LinkedIn]
From: Nick Wood

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