White Ribbon Presentation
March 9, 2015
We are the first housing association in the UK to win White Ribbon status and we have been presented with our award.
The White Ribbon campaign raises awareness about the issue of violence against women. Its Director, Chris Green, told staff from Tai Calon Community Housing that he is delighted by their achievement.
“Every Welsh council and Welsh Government has been awarded the status. It is vital that the message is spread through the housing sector, which is why I am so pleased by Tai Calon’s achievement. I expect the organisation to become a pioneer not just across England and Wales but for the whole of Europe. “
We are determined to raise awareness and to help anyone affected by domestic abuse.
“We would urge anyone who knows someone who is, or is themselves, a victim of domestic abuse to seek help. We already work with a number of organisations, including Gwent Police, to safeguard anyone affected,” said Gill Barnett, Anti Social Behaviour Specialist with Tai Calon.
Since being awarded White Ribbon status, we have been implementing its plan to combat domestic abuse. Male members of staff have also volunteered to become ambassadors championing the White Ribbon pledge to “never condone, commit or remain silent to any violence against women”.
It’s a message that we're also promoting to the wider community.
“We were delighted when so many of our male colleagues signed the pledge and volunteered to become ambassadors,” said Kate Evans, Anti Social Behaviour specialist.
“It is important that men, and in some cases women, realise that their abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. There are services within Blaenau Gwent that offer support to perpetrators of abuse, helping them to understand and change their behaviour. Where domestic abuse affects our tenants and members of their households we will do whatever is necessary to protect them.”
To mark White Ribbon Day recently, male members of staff swapped their work boots for high heels to “walk a mile” in women’s shoes. You can watch a video about it at www.youtube.com/taicalonhousing
For more information about the White Ribbon Campaign visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
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