Showcasing the Victim Gateway – 8th June 2016
Wednesday 8th of June was one of those occasions that make me proud to lead Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureaux. At the YMCA’s Sky room, as torrential rain showers rolled across north Staffordshire, we relaunched the Staffordshire Victim Gateway.
In front of the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold, who has a special responsibility for victims of crime, and an audience of about forty or so colleagues from other organisations, Jude Hawes (Project Manager), Jo Moss (Project Coordinator) and I gave a presentation on the Victim Gateway.
We were promoting the service to encourage more self-referrals, especially from people who haven’t reported their crime to the police but still need support, and referrals from partner agencies. Jude and Jo were extremely authoritative and knowledgeable, the staff who attended were welcoming, friendly and all in all attendees went away with a very good impression of the organisation and the service.
It has been a year of very hard but extremely productive work and on the evidence of the 8th June and the victim feedback we have had over the last nine months, it has been well worth it. Since September we have had 26,000 referrals from the police, to whom we have offered help, over 500 have turned into support cases while many, many more have been given advice and information.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, established the Staffordshire Victim Gateway which is unique because it is based locally and offers tailored advice and support for all victims of crime. Read his article on the showcase here: http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/2016/06/victimgateway/
Simon Harris (Chief Executive SNSCAB)
Staffordshire Victim Gateway Showcase
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Staffordshire Victims Gateway would like to invite you to their Victim Services Showcase on Wednesday 8th June 2016
The Event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Victims Gateway and the unique way it and its partners provide support to victims of crime across Staffordshire especially those who are vulnerable and at risk and those who have not reported the crime to the Police.
Sue Arnold, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner will also be attending the event to show the vision of the OPCC in relation to Victim Services.