A year after Kent Police gained accreditation and training, fifty Ambassadors, Champions and Experts spent a half day hearing 9 presentations about how they have managed to involve men and boys in challenging, speaking out about violence against women, and developing the campaign over the last year.
It provided a great insight into the multiplier effect that Ambassadors have on White Ribbon activity.
"I didn’t know what to do after I said I wanted to be more involved . I didn’t see how putting my signature on the form made a difference. I didn’t get it. I had to seek out my platform", said DCI Mike Coltham
Campaign activity included:
- Talking to local faith groups about the campaign
- Working with pubs in the local area during the World Cup
- Community events in town centres
- Vlog about the campaign by "Bearded Man against Violence"
- Ambassadors spoke to friends of their siblings about the campaign
- Campaign presentations to every new probationary Police Officer
- Bake sales for the campaign
- Liaising with the Kent perpetrator programme
- Talking to Armed Forced Networks
- Ambassadors are committed to recruiting more small organisations in the area, including swimming clubs, police sports association, music venues and tennis clubs.
"If other accredited organisations want to learn what can be achieved with our Ambassador Programme, the Kent ambassadors are a prime example", said Chris Green OBE, Founder of White Ribbon UK, who attended the event, "It’s a great first year and we look forward to even more activity as a result at the end of Year 2".
Assistant Chief Constable Ayling remarked at the closing of the event, "I didn’t see anyone fiddling with their phones all morning, as often happens at these events - people were interested.”
ACC Ayling adding his handprint to the banner
Elliot from "Bearded Man against Violence"
Great work by Maidstone Borough Council
Presentation from Elliott ("Bearded Man Against Violence")