Sponsoring an Award

We provide an award of up to £750, known as a Hardman Award, to help people achieve specific goals whilst they are in prison or shortly after they have been released. We give the award at a ceremony where maybe for the first time in their lives people can feel like winners. The results are transformational. People, who might otherwise see no future, find work, support their families, and become valued members of their communities.

Will you help us do more?

The easiest and quickest way to make a secure online donation towards the cost of an award, is by clicking on the gold Donate button at the top of the page. It takes just 2 minutes to make a donation this way and your kind gift will be acknowledged with our thanks.

A gift aided donation of £600 will provide an award of £720. Any donation however small is gratefully received, as five or ten pound donations soon build up and pay for another life changing award.  Your gift will significantly help a carefully selected individual prisoner who is working hard to transform his or her life.

For those who wish, we would be pleased to designate the award as sponsored by the donor or in memory of someone dear to the donor.

If you would like to designate an award or if you would prefer to donate using a cheque or by electronic transfer, please contact the Director.

All donations are gratefully acknowledged.




Assessing Candidates

The majority of those who visit prisons to assess eligible candidates for awards are also members of the Trust’s Management Committee. Assessors are generally interviewed by the Chair and appointed by the Committee before being confirmed in this role. Upon appointment the assessor is presented with an induction pack as part of the assessor induction process.

Each assessor is responsible for:

  • helping to maintain the relationship with our staff liaison at the prison
  • arranging a time to conduct the candidates’ interviews
  • producing a summary report which will include a recommendation, for the Trust Secretary to circulate to the committee, a week prior to the selection meeting.

Currently we are looking for suitable assessors for candidates at HMPs Drake Hall and Foston Hall in the Midlands Area. If you live or work near any of these prisons and might be interested in becoming an assessor, please contact the Director.

Spreading the word

If you are a former award winner, or a staff member at a Cat D or women’s prison which may hold prisoners eligible to apply for Hardman Trust Awards, and are interested in doing what you can to promote the award scheme within your prison, please contact us to request a set of our posters and information sheets.

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