PCC Barry Coppinger with staff of My Sister's Place in Middlesbrough
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger has pledged his support for International Women’s Day after attending My Sister’s Place in Middlesbrough.
The aim of the visit was to present the charity with a cheque for £1,250 awarded from the Police Property Act Fund. It follows a successful application to assist with the recruitment and training for a number of volunteers in a ‘Support at Court’ role. The volunteers were hired following the successful Cleveland Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair held at Teesside University in October 2013.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “The services provided by My Sister’s Place are of great importance for women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. To be able to support My Sister’s Place in recruiting volunteers from people attending the first Criminal Justice Volunteers Fair is outstanding. Around 900 expressions of interest were received from potential volunteers through the various organisations in attendance. This is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteers display on a continual basis. For me to be able to present this funding on International Women’s Day highlights the importance of volunteers in supporting victims and witnesses.”
Becky Rogerson, Chief Officer at My Sisters Place said: “A big thank you to the PCC for providing an opportunity to recruit new volunteers, and funding to support them through their training. Attending Court as a witness can be intimidating, and we know that having someone to stand alongside you through the process makes a big difference, volunteers are trained to explain the process and reduce any fears or misgivings. This is an important part of the work we do and means we can support many more victims in Cleveland’s Courts.”
Posted on Wednesday 27th November 2013