Senior Prison Officer, HMP Stafford, Ministry of Justice
Andy Holmes is an active LGBT ally within the Ministry of Justice LGBT employee network group.
He set up the first ever support group for LGBT prisoners in a UK prison, a practice that has become established in dozens of other prisons since then. The group provides a safe space for prisoners to talk freely about sexual orientation and gender identity within a regimented setting. Monthly meetings are held with guest speakers encouraging discussion and providing advice.
Since taking on the role of building LGBT awareness in the prison service, Andy has led 76 sessions at 44 prison establishments, reaching over 950 prisoners and almost 2,500 employees.