Unlock Co-director wins High Sheriff Award

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Unlock Co-Director, Christopher Stacey, has won the High Sheriff of Kent Award for 2016.

Each year the High Sheriff recognises individuals and organisations across Kent who are benefitting their communities or demonstrating a particular dedication to improving the lives of others.

When informing Christopher that he had won the award, William Alexander, the High Sheriff of Kent, said:

 “I, and all at Kent Community Foundation, would like to congratulate you on being chosen for this prestigious award. I have been impressed by your dedicated campaigning within the Unlock charity to change the attitudes of employers and enable offenders to benefit from a second life chance”

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Christopher receiving his award from William Alexander, The High Sheriff of Kent


The Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 10th March at County Hall in Maidstone in the company of members of the Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council, Medway Council and local dignitaries.

Commenting on the award, Christopher said:

 “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Unlock. Our work is not the most popular and it rarely gets recognised at awards like this. We work tirelessly as a small charity to persuade and convince government, employers, insurers and others to change their attitudes, policies and practices towards people with convictions. Once people have served their sentence and turned their life around, they deserve another chance at life.”


This award shows that we are doing something right and it gives us even more motivation to continue working hard for fairer treatment of people with convictions. We hope that one benefit of this award will be that employers in Kent will stand up and take notice of the all-round benefits of recruiting and employing people with convictions.”


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  1. Press/media enquiries should be directed to Unlock’s spokesperson, Christopher Stacey, Co-Director. Email christopher.stacey@unlock.org.uk or call 07557 676433.
  2. Unlock is an independent, award-winning charity for people with convictions which exists for two simple reasons. Firstly, Unlock assists people to move on positively with their lives by empowering them with information, advice and support to overcome the stigma of their previous convictions. Secondly, Unlock seeks to promote a fairer and more inclusive society by challenging discriminatory practices and promoting socially just alternatives.
  3. There are over 10.5 million people in the UK that have a criminal record.
  4. Unlock’s website is www.unlock.org.uk.
  5. More details about the High Sheriff can be found here.
  6. More details about Unlock’s work to change attitudes of employers can be found here.


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