Business Development Specialist Joins Safe and Sound Team

Business Development Specialist Joins Safe and Sound Team

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/

Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665;
[email protected]

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

Local Company Provides Vital Support To Safe and Sound

Local Company Provides Vital Support To Safe and Sound

A Hilton-based company, which specialises in security management, has pledged support for a local charity to expand its work with children and young people who are victims of or at risk of exploitation and their families.

Repton Security has donated several mobile phones and tablets to the charity which are recycled to raise vital funds thanks to a partnership with Sinfin-based Century Mobile. The company has also donated PPE equipment to enable the charity to continue to provide a safe place to meet with and support young people and their families.

Repton Security managing director Steve Rimmington said: “Public safety is the cornerstone of our business and we are committed to supporting a wide range of local organisations who share this ethos. We are therefore delighted to support Safe and Sound’s work with across the local communities that we both serve.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison added: “We rely heavily on the generosity of local businesses both in practical terms and fundraising. We are therefore grateful to
Repton Security for supporting us in this way.”

For more information about Safe and Sound and how to support the work it does, please visit https://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk/ and visit https://www.reptonsecurityltd.co.uk/index.asp for information about Repton Security

Virtual Santa Aims To Spread Festive Cheer

Virtual Santa Aims To Spread Festive Cheer

The Rotary Club of Derby has adapted its annual Santa Sleigh to spread joy and excitement to even more children this year and raise much-needed funds for two charities who support some of the most vulnerable local young people. In normal times, the Club Santa Sleigh would visit families in Derby suburbs in return for donations. Due to the pandemic, such close contact may not be possible even in December, but organisers are determined not to disappoint children who traditionally enjoy seeing and meeting Santa in the approach
to Christmas.

Thanks to the expertise of Derby digital agency Think3, families across the county and beyond can visit www.derbysanta.co.uk to book a personalised letter from Santa sent by email or post or a personalised recorded video from Santa. Families will be asked to donate money for the Santa experiences with all money raised being split between two established local charities.

Safe and Sound supports young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation and Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre has, for the past 125 years, organised seaside holidays for disadvantaged children across the county. Post-lockdown and subject to future restrictions, the Rotary Club of Derby hope to take out Santa and his sleigh to offer drive-by cheer to families who can watch from their windows and doorsteps with tours which will be videoed and online.

Les Bryan, President of the Rotary Club of Derby explained: “Our Santa Sleigh is a long-held tradition in the city – visiting suburbs such as Littleover, Mickleover and Chellaston. We are very grateful to our members, Think3 and to Safe and Sound and DCHC who have pooled their positivity and creativity to re-imagine the Santa Sleigh for these unprecedented times. Our hope is that even more children will enjoy a Santa experience this year and still have our fingers crossed that we can take the sleigh out again post-lockdown – albeit in a drive-by and therefore totally socially distanced way”. “As well as bringing much needed festive cheer to families, we have raised thousands of pounds for local charities over the years. Our aim this year is to generate even more much-needed funds for Safe and Sound and Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre this year who both support some of the most vulnerable children in our local communities.”

Safe and Sound CEO Tracy Harrison continued: “We have seen a dramatic rise in the recent months in the number of children and young people targeted and groomed by criminals – particularly online. “We are therefore extremely grateful that The Rotary Club of Derby has chosen to support us again this Christmas. Funds raised will enable us to help and protect many more young people, provide a support lifeline to their families and continue to raise awareness of the dangers facing young people in our local communities.

Bill Tomlinson, a Trustee of Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, concluded: “The Rotary Club of Derby’s Santa Sleigh is a much-anticipated event every year and I hope that families will
embrace this new initiative. “It will not only add to children’s excitement in the run-up to Christmas but also raise funds to support many disadvantaged children who benefit greatly from a week of fun, education and relaxation at the holiday home in Skegness. “Christmas will be very different for many families this year and I doubt that children will be able to enjoy any kind of Santa’s Grotto experience this year. Both DCHC and Safe and Sound will therefore ensure that our young people and their siblings can also experience the magic of Christmas albeit in this very different way.”

For more information and to make a donation or to book a letter or call from Santa, please visit www.derbysanta.co.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 them 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 is 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

Contact: Tracy Harrison 07534 011026
About Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre: For over 125 years, Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre has provided children across the county with a week-long holiday at
our specialist residential centre on the seafront in Skegness. Every penny donated goes directly towards helping the most disadvantaged children in our society.
We provide disadvantaged youngsters with a break they might never receive, helping with their education and self-esteem; making friends and memories that last a lifetime. We rely solely on financial donations from the public and on those who give up their time to help.

Contact: David Harris 07941 829069
About Rotary Club of Derby: The Rotary Club of Derby meets regularly and welcomes new members from all walks of life who want to make new friends while getting involved in charitable work in the community. Rotary International connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.rotaryderbyuk.org. Contact: Tim Wherly, Mobile: 07957 882322. Email: [email protected]

Superheroes Initiative Set To Support Safe and Sound

Superheroes Initiative Set To Support Safe and Sound

Derbyshire charity Safe and Sound has been chosen as a recipient for a national initiative encouraging businesses to donate the unused cost of their Christmas charity. Xmas Party Heroes has set up an online platform https://xmaspartyheroes.co.uk/ for donations in recognition that the usual ‘office Christmas party’ will not be possible due to Covid restrictions and enabling businesses to instead support a charity of their choice.

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “Although it is disappointing that we will not be able to celebrate Christmas with colleagues this year, the Xmas Party Heroes
initiative is a great idea. “We know that our local business community is full of Superheroes – not least those who donned their costumes and joined our Leap of Faith abseil earlier this year.
“Now I hope that businesses large and small will get behind this great initiative and support us in our work to help transform the lives of children and young people who are victims of
or at risk of child exploitation as well as their families.”

For more information about Safe and Sound and how to support the work it does, please visit https://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk/

New Project Manager for Safe & Sound

I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the management team at Safe and Sound.

I have worked at Safe and Sound for nine years across a wide range of roles. This has never been ‘just a job’ for me, it has been a purpose. Working at Safe and Sound is a path of constant learning.
There is never a time or a day where I have not learned something new, every day, every young person, every family brings something different. The exploitation of children can destroy their lives
leaving permanent scars that have a far-reaching impact on the child, those around them and the communities and wider societies in which they live. It can and often does take everything.
I have an amazing and passionate team of caseworkers, youth workers and volunteers that understand this deeply, know every interaction with a young person or family can have a positive
impact and tirelessly seek out creative ways to protect and connect with all our children and communities to fight this abuse.

This is a challenging and emotional job for them, and I feel truly honoured and excited to support them and support their work vital work in this vibrant city to help change lives. Additionally, our service increasingly seeks to expand it’s working practices to meet the individual needs of families and young people holistically and well into their futures, this to me feels dynamic and full of opportunities to drive change, reduce exploitation and reach more people. It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of leading Safe and Sound’s future.

LOCAL CHARITY AMBASSADOR RECOGNISED WITH CITY AWARD

LOCAL CHARITY AMBASSADOR RECOGNISED WITH CITY AWARD

A 19-year-old girl who has survived child exploitation and is now an ambassador for specialist local charity Safe and Sound has been recognised at the second annual Derby Youth Awards. Louise Murphy-Fairclough has been presented with the Inspirational Young Person Award in the awards programme organised by Sporting Communities and sponsored by Derby City
Council. Louise has turned her life around with the support of Safe and Sound who nominated her for the award as a positive role model to other children and young people across the county who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation.

She targeted online by men pretending to be teenagers who bombarded her with indecent images and persuaded her to do the same through systematic online grooming. The police investigated and prosecuted two of them but then her Facebook account was hacked and photos of her shared with all her contacts – prompting friends to turn their back on her and leading to Louise starting on a destructive path of self-harming. Louise was referred to Safe and Sound and, with the help of her support worker, has been able to start rebuilding her self-esteem and confidence.

As well as being an ambassador for the charity, she is a volunteer youth worker whilst starting her studies to become qualified in the role. She has also fronted fundraising campaigns for Safe and Sound, been part of national training and awareness-raising programmes and has helped create appropriate support and resources for both young people and professionals. Louise said: “Safe and Sound saved my life and I have wanted to share my story and also work with the charity to help other children and young people who have been through similar experiences to my own and to better protect others who are at risk of grooming and exploitation both online and in their local communities.

“I am really honoured to have been given this award and I hope that it helps to break down the taboos surrounding child exploitation and raise awareness amongst young people and
their families about the dangers they face.”

Safe and Sound chief executive Tracy Harrison said: “We are so proud of how far Louise has come. “The mental scars of online grooming will never be eradicated but Louise is determined to
put something back into her local community and work with young people who are vulnerable to exploitation. “Child exploitation includes sexual, County Lines, trafficking, Modern Slavery and
radicalisation and is sadly on the rise. It can affect any young girl or boy regardless of where they live, their family situation, cultural or social background. “As the county’s only specialist charity, we provide a range of support for an increasing number of young people and their families and also work across local communities to raise awareness of the issue. “Louise’s role as an expert by experience is a vitally important one and I am delighted that her bravery and determination has been recognised with this award.”

For more information about support the work of Safe and Sound and ways to support the ongoing Butterfly Appeal, please visit https://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk

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Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665;
[email protected]

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 experience 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