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Chippenham Town Council become a White Ribbon Campaign Supporter Organisation

22nd June 2022 / News, News-HP

Chippenham Town Council become a White Ribbon Campaign Supporter Organisation

At Full Council on 23 March 2022, a motion was presented regarding the White Ribbon Campaign, and the following was agreed:

  • Council agreed to work collaboratively with local agencies and organisations in tackling violence against women and girls in our town.
  • Council agreed to make available awareness training to Councillors and officers on how to identify and address this issue.
  • Council agreed to become a White Ribbon Campaign supporter Organisation as soon as practicable, and investigate the potential to be a White Ribbon Accredited Council.

You can read the motion in full HERE.

Since then, Chippenham Town Council has signed up to become a White Ribbon Supporter organisation and is committed to achieving the following:

  • Encourage all staff to make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women HERE
  • Recruit at least one male staff member to take on the role of White Ribbon Ambassador (or woman Champion if there are no male staff who can undertake this role).
  • Customer-facing staff to wear a White Ribbon and display it where appropriate, especially around White Ribbon Day, 25 November.           
  • Post the ‘White Ribbon Supporter’ badge on the Town Council’s website.
  • Hold at least one awareness and fundraising event, or activity a year in consultation with Town Councillors, probably around White Ribbon Day 25 November.
  • Ensure the Town Council has policies or protocols in place if staff or customers disclose they are victims of violence.
  • Make sure women know where to get help by displaying posters and ‘find help cards’ at our customer reception points.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Desna Allen said of this campaign, “The White Ribbon Campaign raises awareness and offers support to women and girls who find themselves in terrifying situations, and I am pleased that we have taken this decision to support the campaign. The Community Safety Forum will explore further the support available for all members of our community.”

After making that commitment, the Town Council has implemented the following:

  • The Head of Community Development has invited Helping Victims of Domestic Violence, a local organisation, to provide an update on their work at the Community Safety Forum meeting.
  • A Democratic Services Officer has been recruited to be the Council’s White Ribbon Ambassador and will attend training.
  • The White Ribbon badge will be displayed on the Council’s website
  • Informative posters are displayed at Customer Service points
  • ‘Find Help Cards’ are available at Customer Service points
  • A fundraising activity has been scheduled in the civic event calendar for later this year.