Safe and Sound, the specialist charity which supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation, has appointed Lucy Orme as
fundraising and marketing officer. Lucy joins the charity from the University of Derby where she was business development manager and she was previously corporate sales and events officer at QUAD.
Derby born and bred, Lucy was a student at Woodlands School and Derby College before gaining a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art at Birmingham City University. She will lead Safe and Sound’s fundraising, marketing and communication strategies – managing existing and new funding streams and supporter relationships.
She said: “I have always admired the work that Safe and Sound do to fundraise and generate valuable income to support the transformation of children’s lives. “The charity has a strong supporter base across the city and county and I look forward to working with individuals, businesses and organisations to explore new and mutually-beneficial ways to work together. “Such relationships are vital to enable the charity to support more young people and their families in Derbyshire and are also an important way of raising awareness of the dangers facing young people across our local communities.”
Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison added: “Throughout the pandemic, we have been grateful for the continued support of funders and our supporters. “Thankfully, they have recognised the increased dangers facing young people who have been socially isolated and therefore extremely vulnerable to exploitation – particularly online grooming, sexual exploitation and County Lines.
“Lucy has an excellent reputation as an accomplished event planner, communicator and strategic business development professional with strong links amongst the business
community in the city and county. “She joins at a pivotal time for Safe and Sound as we continue to balance the increasing demand for our services with the need to develop new and innovative ways to engage with existing
and potential supporters as well as reaching out across local communities to increase awareness of the dangers facing all young people – regardless of who they are, where they
live or their home situation.”
For more information about Safe and Sound and how to support the work it does, please visit https://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk/
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About Safe and Sound
Formed in 2002, Safe and Sound is an inspiring Derbyshire charity that transforms young lives affected by child exploitation with innovative, hands-on programmes. The charity works at grass root levels delivering individual support to each child as well as families and carers. This vital support enables them to move not just to a place of safety, but emerge unshackled and undefined by their experience and enabled to reach their full potential. The charity continues to specialise in child sexual exploitation and is now developing its services to support children and young people facing or at risk of wider exploitation which are often interlinked.
These include physical and emotional violence, neglect, modern-day slavery, radicalisation and human trafficking, domestic abuse, missing episodes and County Lines.
Safe and Sound is led by former police superintendent Tracy Harrison with the support of a specialist team; an experienced board of Trustees and now a team of Ambassadors who are helping to raise the
profile of the charity and the issue of child exploitation. Safe and Sound’s expertise came to the fore during the 2010 landmark case – Operation Retriever – which was Derby’s first prosecution for child sexual exploitation and abuse. The charity’s specialist team supported every young person affected by the criminal actions of 13 defendants who were jailed in total for up to 22 years for 70 offences.
For more information about child exploitation, Safe and Sound Derby and how to support their work, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk