"Dear Chris, I am delighted to be able to bring you news that, in the Queens Birthday honours announced today, Bob Baird, our Youth Court Manager has been awarded an MBE for services to youth justice in Leeds. Bob has worked for social care settings within Leeds City Council for 25 years, mainly in Youth Justice. Bob has been with Leeds YOS since its inception 10 years ago, and has worked across various teams in our service, including as the manager who set up our Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme, our North area operational team and currently the Court Team. The reason behind the success of Leeds YOS is our staff who consistently go the extra mile to impact on the lives of young people, their families and victims and thereby make Leeds a safer place for all its citizens. Bob Baird epitomises this ethos. Time and time again Bob has gone beyond the call of duty for young people in Leeds. I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Bob on this thoroughly deserved recognition. The Leeds YOS team look forward to hearing about his visit to the palace later in the year. Regards, Jim."
It's great when colleagues who have gone beyond the call of duty and made a real difference for young people are awarded in this way. Congratulations to Bob whose honour reflects the work of the brilliant team he belongs to.