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Outstander Awards for Outstanding People

As part of Domestic Violence Week, Safer Places, a specialist domestic abuse charity covering Essex & Hertfordshire, announced their Outstander Awards for 2015. These awards are designed to recognise those people who play a huge role in supporting those suffering from domestic abuse across Essex and Hertfordshire.

The shortlist of Outstanders for 2015 were:

Sarah Kent-Leybourn from Princess Alexander Hospital in Harlow, for her work on the Daisy Project.

Caroline Wiggins – Epping Forest DC, for working tirelessly to ensure that services work well together and deliver the very best for victims and that there is a high level of awareness of domestic abuse across all age groups with agencies, employers and individuals knowing how to respond. Every year she collects gifts for children in refuges at Christmas, ensuring no child goes without.

Emily Cross – Free Cakes for Kids, for supplying an individually made birthday cake to every child in refuges in Harlow to ensure their birthday is special.

Jill Holland and Clare Corrigan – both from Essex County Council, for working hard in bringing partners together to support victims and children.

Lauren Kilbey – Job Centre Plus, for being a fantastic partner, which has resulted in a service that has had a huge impact on the lives of our victims.

Lisa Whiting – Harlow Council, as leader of the Harlow DV forum and through her role in housing, this has been critical to what has been achieved for victims in Harlow.

Pamela Robertson – Soroptomists, for her unremitting support of Safer Places clients through donations, other support and by importantly spreading awareness.

Linzi Schier – High Trees Children’s Centre in Broxbourne, for her contribution to the development of the Safer Places computer based training programme and her support to children.

Amanda Adams – New City Girls WI (Chelmsford) – For their fundraising and work with children and mums.

Safer Places CEO, Janet Dalrymple said: “Without the outstanding contribution these people make to the work against domestic abuse, week in week out, the lives of so many people who suffer would be so much worse” and added, “the staff at Safer Places are proud to be awarding these prizes knowing the excellent work that the recipients deliver.”

The awards were presented by Robert Halfon MP, at the Safer Places – ‘Stemming the Tide’ conference on Friday 27 November at the Civic Offices, Water Gardens, Harlow.