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White Ribbon Town Award

Published: 20/11/2014

Flintshire County Council has become the first Local Authority in North Wales to receive the White Ribbon Town Award for Councils. The award recognises the Authoritys commitment to ending violence against women, and also its support of the international White Ribbon Campaign. This year’s White Ribbon Day is on Tuesday 25 November. The campaign invites people to pledge their support. Flintshire supports a highly valued network of local support for victims of abuse, leads regional work in North Wales on the Welsh 10,000 Safer Lives Campaign, which shares the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign, and last year adopted a proactive employment policy to support any employees who might be at risk of abuse in the home. This Thursday, 20 November, in recognition of this work, a certificate and plaque has been presented to Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and a White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador, by Carl Sargeant (AM), who is also Minister for Natural Resources. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader of Flintshire County Council, said: As the White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador for Flintshire, it is an honour to receive this award on behalf of the Council. Flintshire fully supports the campaign and, through our actions, we have shown that we are committed to preventing domestic abuse. Colin Everett, Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council, said: “I am proud that the Council has been recognised in this way. Our councillors and Council employees are all advocates in the community. By wearing the white ribbon with pride we can make a difference to helping others think and act with personal responsibility.” Carl Sargeant AM said: “Flintshire was the first local authority to officially vote to become corporate supporters of the White Ribbon Campaign, which is absolutely fantastic. The Council really set an example to others across Wales and played a key role in my campaign to get every authority fully behind White Ribbon. Staff and councillors alike should be proud of themselves for the vital work they have done in bringing the issue of domestic violence to the fore – something which will ultimately help save lives across Wales.”