The success of Vincent House enables us to partner charities and social organisations working with vulnerable people and we are always pleased to see the results they achieve through their activities. One of our partners Langley House Trust, which includes Kainos Community and provides tailored support, care and advice as well as accommodation to help men and women live crime-free, launched its Annual Review at the House of Lords in November 2018 in the presence of their special guest Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.
She was received into a jam-packed room to celebrate Langley’s 60th year with other guests including Sara Ives our Secretary and Committee Member who is responsible for our social partnerships. Sara was introduced to Her Royal Highness and told her briefly about Vincent Housing Association’s property Hope House which is leased to Langley House Trust for the purpose of one of its projects
The Princess Royal, who met many of the delegates and presented awards to clients and staff, had previously marked the Trust’s 50th year celebrations in 2008. She spoke eloquently about the importance of supporting ex offenders’ resettlement as did Bob Neill MP (Chair of the Justice Select Committee), the keynote speaker, who spoke about the need to explore every available avenue to reduce repeat offending and the subsequent impact on society.
Bishop James Langstaff (Bishop to Prisons), David Gauke MP (Secretary of State for Justice) and Rory Stewart MP (Minister of State for Prisons) all attended. They were joined by over 100 delegates from churches, charities and the Care, Housing and Justice Sectors.
Langley delivers person-centred, specialist services working with some of the hardest-to-engage individuals within the Criminal Justice System and have close partnership with local organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure the best possible service is delivered to commissioners and clients.
The Annual Review celebrates the ‘diamonds’ in the Trust’s story – the staff and volunteers who work for Langley and Kainos who make an incredible impact on clients’ lives. It features stories of everyone from a former client who is now a staff member, a cook who has a winning way with clients and the wife of one of the late co-founders who has been involved with the Trust for over four decades.
One of the staff members featured in the Annual Review when interviewed said: “I’m giving something back and making a difference to someone’s life – that’s the most important part of my job.”
Tracy Wild, CEO, said: “It was a real privilege to be joined this year by HRH The Princess Royal as we recognised the awe-inspiring stories and contributions from our staff and volunteers.”
“It was wonderful to see so many people at the House of Lords supporting the work of the Trust in our mission to help ex-offenders lead crime-free lives.”