Talking West Cheshire

White Ribbon UK Relay 2012 is coming to Cheshire West and Chester

20 June 2012

White RibbonHot on the heels of the Olympic Torch relay, Cheshire West and Chester is now gearing up to welcome the White Ribbon UK Baton, which is set to travel through the Borough on Tuesday July 3.

Just like the torch, the baton is travelling the length and breadth of the country, through towns and cities, before finishing its relay in London in time for the Olympic opening ceremony, all with the aim of raising awareness about violence against women.

Cheshire West and Chester recently achieved the White Ribbon Partnership Award, demonstrating that its communities, public, private and third sector organisations all stand firm against domestic violence.

The baton arrives from Worcestershire on July 3 and will visit key locations across West Cheshire before continuing to its next destination, which is Denbighshire.

The North West Bikers Club has volunteered to transport the baton through our Borough, making a number of stops at events organised by the Domestic Abuse Partnership* and local organisations along the way.

The White Ribbon baton will visit:

10am Civic Square, Ellesmere Port, where The ‘Our Place’ Team will be organising a local relay and tree decoration events

1pm Cheshire West and Chester Council’s HQ building where the baton will be met by The Lord Mayor, Councillor Pamela Booher, Councillors, council staff, and representatives from partner organisations.

3pm Northwich Memorial Hall where Cheshire Police and Domestic Abuse Services are leading on local activities

4pm The Lifestyle Centre in Winsford where partners will lead tree decorating.

Lord Mayor Councillor Booher said: “The main aim of this event is to reinforce the message that domestic violence is not just in our minds when we wear our white ribbons on November 25, The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We are working together to eradicate violence and raise awareness about this important issue all year round.”

Cheshire Police West Area Commander Phil Jones, who chairs the Domestic Abuse Partnership, said: “This is an opportunity to say ‘no’ to violence against anyone - woman, man or child and ensure that anyone who experiences this knows we are available to offer support and help to put an end to this type of crime.”

Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We are very proud of our White Ribbon partnership award and will continue to encourage everyone who lives in our borough to recognise the issue and do what they can to reduce the human suffering it causes families.

“According to the British Crime Survey, one in four women and one in six men experience such abuse during their lives, and we are working locally to reduce these figures and protect women and children.”

Any organisation is welcome to join in with the White Ribbon Relay, supporting the campaign in any way they can, from tying white ribbons round trees in local parks and downloading and displaying posters from the white ribbon website, to decorating their buildings with white ribbons or organising their own local relay race.

Resources and more information are available on the White Ribbon website

A number of Chester community groups, churches, schools and organisations are throwing their weight behind the campaign on the 3 July, with events planned for:

  • Blacon Parade at 11am
  • Chester Fire Station at 1.30pm
  • 3pm at Limewood Field, Kingsway
  • and at other times throughout the day at the Garden Quarter, Newtown, Lache, Blacon, Handbridge and along part of the Millennium Greenway.

Any group or organisation that would like to take part, should contact the Council’s Chester Area Team on 01244 972859 or email: michelle.talgam@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

If you are worried about domestic abuse, the following support is available:

  • National helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit: 01606 351375
  • Refuge & Community Support: 01244 314950 and 01606 871523
  • Men’s helpline: 0808 801 0327
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender helpline: 0300 999 5428

To report domestic abuse happening to someone in your community visit the Cheshire Police website.