Victim Support volunteers who helped Manchester Attack victims honoured (19 Oct 2018)

Volunteers from Victim Support West Yorkshire have been honoured for their role in helping victims of the Manchester Attack.

The volunteers provided support to 117 victims from West Yorkshire who were caught up in the incident in 2017 and received the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer Awards at the Lord Ferrers Awards held in London.

Volunteers provided emotional and practical support to those directly affected by the incident, but also to family members who witnessed the incident.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner contracts Victim Support to provide support services to victims and witnesses of crime across the county.

Mark, who presented the award in London at the annual Lord Ferres ceremony as Chair of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC), said: "I am so pleased that the dedicated volunteers at Victim Support West Yorkshire have been recognised nationally as well as locally for their fantastic work.

"The support they offer is a real lifeline to victims and witnesses and makes all the difference, the additional support they offered to many traumatised people in West Yorkshire after the Manchester Arena atrocity went well over and above what they would ordinarily provide to victims and was greatly appreciated by many.

"Victim Support earlier this year were also chosen to continue to provide my core support services to victims and witnesses for the next three years across West Yorkshire. This includes an expanded service which now involves under 18 year's olds for the first time and a live chat facility via their website to make contact even easier and convenient.

Lesley McLean, Contracts Manager for Victim Support in West Yorkshire said: "We are absolutely delighted that our work with victims of the Manchester Arena attack has been recognised. All of our volunteers work hard to support victims of crime and terrorism across West Yorkshire and we are very proud of the support they provide."

Victim Support offer help to anyone affected by crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police and regardless of when it happened. Their services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales. For more information call 0300 303 1971, or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk and then connect to West Yorkshire.

The Lord Ferrers Awards were launched in 1993 by former Home Office minister Lord Ferrers. The Awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers.

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: "Each year, I am amazed by the innovation, dedication and selflessness shown by the nominees for the Lord Ferrers Awards.

"The Victim Support West Yorkshire volunteers have made a significant contribution to their community, and I'm delighted that their efforts have been recognised."

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Pictured from left to right Peter Doyle - Volunteer, Mark Burns-Williamson - PCC, Lorraine Redman - Victim Support Referral Centre Advocate, Andrew Crossley - Volunteer, Tina Cartwright - Volunteer and Lesley McLean - Contracts Manager for Victim Support in West Yorkshire.

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