The following members sit on this Working Group:
- Cllr Robert Hemsley – Chair
- Cllr Robert Douglas
- Cllr George Hayes
- Cllr Mark Rogan
- Cllr Kay Wesley
- David McGifford- CTC Chief Officer
- Richard Walton
- Peter Munro
- Collaborated with the Police and Cheshire Without Abuse to get a Domestic Abuse clinic in Congleton (see news article)
- Continued to support the public with information on DA in lockdown with our Staying Safe at Home information page
- Agreed our local Police Beat Sergeant will join our WR Group.
- Put Domestic Abuse/Violence and Sexual Violence on the agenda of every Antisocial Behaviour Working Group and Community& Environment Committee meetings.
- Run awareness sessions for staff and councillors
- Been asked to help Alsager Town Council with their WR campaign
- Been invited to Congleton PubWatch to run an awareness session
- Asked for a meeting with School Heads in September 2020
- Started planning our next ‘outdoor’ promotion and our WR day campaign.
- Elected a new Chair of our group – Cllr Robert Hemsley
Purpose: To promote the White Ribbon values and behaviours so that CTC can become accredited as a White Ribbon Town Council. White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005 and is part of a global movement to end male violence against women. It is a charity that works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. For public bodies, White Ribbon accreditation is evidence that an organisation is carrying out its Public Equality Duty for employees, members and service users according to the Equality Act 2010, and this is consistent with CTC’s own Equality & Inclusion Policy. To be accredited, the council must take certain actions and promote the work of White Ribbon.
- Strategic Leadership- Ensuring policy and practice is compatible with the behaviours required, and creating White Ribbon Ambassadors
- Engagement- Training Councillors and staff initially, then reaching out more widely e.g.- through Congleton Partnership
- Culture- Taking action to stamp out sexism and a willingness to report and deal with inappropriate behaviours
- Raising Awareness- Outreach into the wider community through a broader Communications Plan, encouraging other organisations to become White Ribbon Accredited
- The White Ribbon Group ran two stalls in Congleton Town Centre during 2019, including at the Christmas Lights Switch On to mark White Ribbon Day (25th November). Domestic Abuse rises at Christmas/New Year so it is important to have a reminder of the White Ribbon values at that time
- The Town Council approved the accreditation process and fee
- Many people in Congleton have talked to the group about the violence or abuse they have seen or experienced, which highlights the need for this action in the town
- More than 150 Congleton residents have so far made the White Ribbon Promise: “ I will never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women”
- The Group continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and the lockdown and will provide new resources when available – for example – myCWA and White Ribbon themselves are both providing supporting materials for victims and perpetrators, to help avoid in-home escalation of problems during this time. These will be on the CTC website
Partners: This group collaborates with the following:
- myCWA- formerly Cheshire Without Abuse
- Cheshire East Council
- Congleton Partnership
- We intend to collaborate with pubs, clubs and sports organisations as required to promote behaviours compatible with White Ribbon.
How Can You Help: Do you work with a community group, charity or youth group that might have some contribution to make? Do you have knowledge or ideas about shaping positive behaviours or combatting gender-based violence? Please get in touch to send us your ideas or volunteer to help.