#HiddenHeroes Day 2 – 29.09.21

#HiddenHeroesDay is a chance to thank everyone across the community and custodial estates for the outstanding work they do, on all our behalves, and in particular, at this time, for the truly remarkable way they have responded to the challenges of Covid-19.

After a hugely successful first #HiddenHeroesDay last year, #HiddenHeroesDay 2 began with the fantastic news that the #HiddenHeroes #CharityChallenge for Mental Health UK had already raised over £40,000, twice the original target, with yet more fundraising events taking place throughout the day itself.

The Butler Trust’s Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, marked the day with a visit to HMP & YOI Brinsford, after which she spoke to staff from the prison, together with colleagues from next door HMPs Oakwood and Featherstone, to express her personal gratitude to them, and their colleagues in custodial and community settings throughout the UK. Jo Farrar, Chief Executive of HMPPS, was also there and added her own thanks to staff and volunteers across the sector.

Among many others: The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State, Dominic Raab; the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Keith Brown;  and Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board; all shared their own messages support. While Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister Naomi Long visited HMP Maghaberry and the Probation Board of Northern Ireland to express her thanks for the work of staff there.

There were messages of support and thanks too from colleagues, families, and friends across the country, as well as from ordinary members of the public, while managers up and down the country showed their appreciation in a host of different ways – there were flags flown, speeches made, gifts given, awards presented, games played, food served (including, at HMP Downview, some cakes made by the children at a local school), and lots (and lots) of chocolate… – the Governor of HMP Woodhill even unveiled a #HiddenHeroes garden dedicated to staff.

Meanwhile, our #HiddenHeroes were still raising money – including bake sales, sporting competitions, raffles, and even (at HMP Warren Hill) a sponsored fun run with staff dressed as superheroes – and by the end of the day the #CharityChallenge total had reached almost £70,000!

On Twitter

Wednesday 29 September saw the second annual #HiddenHeroesDay in tribute to staff working in HMPPS, IRCs & youth justice settings across the UK.
@hmp_kirkham celebrated with a cake sale for
@mentalhealthuk followed by a “Rainbow Colour Run” supported by @SpectrumSMS

On 29.09.21, @HMPThemount celebrated #hiddenheroesday set out by the @ButlerTrust. It was organised by PE staff and their Covid SPOC colleague – the day included celebrating all prison staff with breakfast, pic ‘n’ mix, team building workshops and sports games at lunch.

We've had a busy week settling into our new Stage 2 regime, but we took time to recognise our amazing super heroes on #HiddenHeroesDay! We had awards, competitions and sweet treats to say thank you to staff. Congrats to everyone working across all prisons throughout the pandemic!

Great effort last week by Hydebank staff during #Hiddenheroes Day. Prison teams took on some of our partners from @setrust and @bfastmet in a range of activities - all in the name of fundraising for Mental Health UK and Mindwise. Almost £400 was raised. Well done!

A message to staff across the country from the Butler Trust's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, speaking at last week's #HiddenHeroesDay.



Final day of recognising our local #HiddenHeroes. We've had a wonderful week hearing about all the amazing things our staff do to support each other and the prisoners in our community.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported #HiddenHeroesDay and helped raise money for @mentalhealthuk via @ButlerTrust in the #charitychallenge

£717.51 from the raffle and coffee and cake sale 👍🎉

@Rapanuiclothing @LadyScarletts3 @TapnellFarm @cineworld @BAESystemsplc

We are still waiting for the amount raised from 1 event to come in but our total raised for the #hiddenheroes #charity #challenge so far is just over £800
@HiddenHeroes_UK @ButlerTrust @mentalhealthuk @SimonJShepherd a big #ThankYou to all involved in organising events #community

Had a great day at HMO Gartree celebrating with my heroes on #HiddenHeroesDay on Wednesday. We had lunch together, presented well deserved awards and raised a few pounds for charity.

This week we thanked our #HiddenHeroes by providing them with lunch served by our SMT. We also held other activities, including a team car push, to raise money for Mental Health UK. We are very proud of the continued efforts of all of our staff.

As part of the #HiddenHeroesDay celebrations I visited @HMPFeatherstone.
It was a privilege to meet so many #HiddenHeroes working in the prison. I was able to learn more about their day to day roles and thank them for their dedication and passion to the Service.

Our victim liaison staff work quietly and tirelessly with victims of serious offences. We received this letter of thanks yesterday, what a marvellous way to end the #HiddenHeroesDay week 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Once again reflecting on the fast that #HiddenHeroesDay falls on the day when the Church gives thanks for St Michael and All Angels. Grateful today for Prison Chaplains and their incredible transformative work, especially over the last 18 months. You are all heroes.

Today is #HiddenHeroes day. Thank you to every single one of you working so hard and doing an amazing job. We are truly grateful for and inspired by your dedication and commitment to supporting the women in our care x

Proud of my staff who provide timely supervision to people on probation to protect, assess and change! #HiddenHeroes

#HiddenHeroesDay 2021 @HMPYOI_Hindley
The nominations from the men to the staff that have made a real difference in their lives were humbling. Proud to be part of the Hindley community. #decencyitsahabitatHindley 😁. Part 2

#HiddenHeroesDay 2021: @HMPYOI_Hindley. The day started with goodie bags and breakfast for all the staff. Then the big event… lots of games, food and an amazing award ceremony in the gym.
The feedback was fantastic and the event was enjoyed by everyone.
Part 1 😁

On #HiddenHeroesDay yesterday I visited @HMPHolmeHouse & was lucky enough to meet with many of our #HiddenHeroes working in the prison.

I had the opportunity to thank them for their commitment & hard work over such a tough year & join in celebrations.

THANK YOU #HiddenHeroes.

Yesterday was #HiddenHeroes day. We had a visit at our @HMPChanWood HQ with a thank you from the governors for what we do.
We couldn't deliver our services without the help of our own hidden heroes- librarians, family workers,prison officers. So this Thank you's also for you 👏

Photos from our #HiddenHeroesDay yesterday. Great to see so many of our staff turn out to the event and enjoy some well deserved time together as a community.

Day 2 of recognising our local #HiddenHeroes. We truly work with some amazing people who really want to make a difference to peoples lives. As a community we're all really proud of them, especially the Governor.

Although I am away I am thinking of our Hidden Heroes at HMP Featherstone. The team turn up day in & day out & do their best to make our prison a safe & decent place. Without them it would not be possible.
#HiddenHeroesDay #HMPFeatherstone https://images.app.goo.gl/xgtjNSRAuJbGenmr9

I am bowled over every day by the depths of care, commitment & bravery shown by our #HiddenHeroes.

I am so proud to work for @HMPPS & @DGPrisonsHMPPS, & be able to help change the lives of those in prison & support the staff that support them.

THANK YOU; Happy #HiddenHeroesDay https://twitter.com/DGPrisonsHMPPS/status/1443153815281311751

I am bowled over every day by the depths of care, commitment & bravery shown by our #HiddenHeroes.

I am so proud to work for @HMPPS & @DGPrisonsHMPPS, & be able to help change the lives of those in prison & support the staff that support them.

THANK YOU; Happy #HiddenHeroesDay https://t.co/RN45JJ0r0c
Phil Copple @DGPrisonsHMPPS

Happy #HiddenHeroesDay to @HMPPS Staff. Our #HiddenHeroes make me so proud to be Director General.

They show incredible resilience every day and continue to work with commitment & passion to protect the public, reduce reoffending and help change the lives of people in prison.

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#HiddenHeroes Day 1 – 29.09.20

On 29.09.20 prisons, probation offices and youth justice services up and down the country celebrated Thank you #HiddenHeroes Day, in tribute to the outstanding service of the #HiddenHeroes working in our prisons, IRCs, probation and youth justice services, especially during the covid-19 outbreak. They were joined on the day by Butler Trust Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at a special event at HMP Bullingdon.

In Words

Zoe Ball fired the starting gun on the first national #HiddenHeroesDay with a shoutout on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show – and we were off and running…

#HiddenHeroesDay was a chance for people to pay tribute to the usually unsung #HiddenHeroes who work in prisons, IRCs, probation and youth justice across the UK. And people grabbed the chance – literally hundreds of tweets would pour in all day from each corner of the Kingdom.

The Scottish Government’s Justice Minister Humza Yousaf sent support, as did Northern Ireland’s Minister of Justice Naomi Long, and the Minister of State for Prisons and Probation in England & Wales, Lucy Frazer. There was also a special thankyou – diolch – sent out across Wales, alongside proud tweets from Jo Farrar, CEO of HMPPS, the Head of Northern Ireland’s Prison Service Ronnie Armour, the Youth Justice Board’s Chair Keith Fraser, HMI Probation’s Chief Inspector Justin Russell, the National Chair and General Secretary of the POA, and the Association of YOT Managers.

Meanwhile, the Butler Trust’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, was at HMP Bullingdon, making her third of five #HiddenHeroes visits to prisons in six weeks. After touring the jail, she addressed staff, outside visits, telling them:
“It’s a real pleasure to be here today, in the Butler Trust 35th Anniversary year, to share in your celebrations of the first national Hidden Heroes Day, in recognition of all that you and your colleagues do, on behalf of both the people in your care, and the public you serve so admirably.”

To further mark the occasion, Her Royal Highness unveiled the #HiddenHeroes artwork the Butler Trust had commissioned from artist and recent Award Winner, Nikki Dennington. Framed copies of her work, as well as flags, had been distributed throughout the estate – and could be seen proudly displayed in photographs and videos shared across social media during the day.

Using the hashtag #HiddenHeroesDay, we also heard from prisons and IRCs, local probation offices, Approved Premises and Community Payback Teams, and youth justice services, in each nation. There were enthusiastic messages, too, from a wide range of voluntary sector agencies and suppliers, as well as colleagues, families, and friends.

In a video tribute to staff, Duncan Craig OBE, of the charity Survivors Manchester, spoke for many:
“It’s such an honour to be able to have a group of people that you can absolutely call heroes in your life and as your colleagues.”

Beyond all the messages of thanks, managers up and down the country paid tribute to their staff with their own #HiddenHeroesDay events. There were speeches, flags were flown, and pictures unveiled – and the No. 1 at HMP Huntercombe was one of a number to send personalised cards to every member of staff. There was a chocolate treasure hunt, charity cake sales and raffles, quizzes, games, and ‘Bake Offs’ – HMP & YOI Bronzefield even had a trumpet player! Some canny prisons had secured local donations for their events, and HMP Pentonville landed some raffle prizes from Arsenal and one of their former goalkeepers, Bob Wilson. There were specially-produced badges, lanyards, mugs and pens to mark the occasion too – and lots, and lots of food. HMP Peterborough had popcorn, a sweetie cart and a chocolate fountain, and there were bacon-butties for breakfast, lunches and teas, cakes, biscuits, curries, pizzas, cookies, chocolates, snack packs, and ‘goody-bags’ galore.

Read just a handful of the messages and tweets collected on Twitter at @HiddenHeroesDay and on the HiddenHeroes.uk message board and it becomes very clear that, to those in the know, these heroes aren’t really hidden – and the feelings of mutual support, deeply felt gratitude, and sheer pride among colleagues across this sector is truly remarkable.

And Lexi Rayner, an Officer at Bullingdon, summed up what #HiddenHeroesDay meant to her and her colleagues:
“To have a day where people have gone, ‘we see you, you are not forgotten, this is for you’, it’s wonderful.”

In Tweets…

The breadth and depth of the response across the UK can be seen from the (literally) hundreds of tweets posted throughout the day. We’ve collected as many as we could find together on @HiddenHeroesDay.

On Video…

Video messages:
The Princess Royal, Archbishop of Canterbury and others
HM Prison and Probation Service
Justin Russell, HMI Probation
Keith Fraser, YJB Chair
Naomi Long, NI Justice Minister
Humza Yousaf, Scottish Justice Secretary

#HiddenHeroesDay videos:
HMP Ashfield
HMP Bronzefield
HMP Bullingdon
HMP Drake Hall
Merseyside CRC
Newbold Revel PSC
NPS Midlands
NPS Wigan & Bolton
NPS Yorks & Humber
Survivors Manchester
HMP Werrington
HMP Wormwood Scrubs

#HiddenHeroesDay Video Challenge Cup:
Winner: Newbold Revel PSC
Runners up: HMP Bullingdon and NPS Yorks & Humber
Best score: HMP Wormwood Scrubs
Best screenplay: HMP Ashfield

In Pictures…

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