Victim's Commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove Nominated for Tackling Drinks Culture
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Victims Commissioner Baroness Newlove has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Baroness Newlove is nominated for her vast campaigns in securing positive change for victims of crime, tackling drinking culture and creating safer communities across the United Kingdom.
The surge to bring about change was borne from the tragic murder of her late husband Garry Newlove who in 2007 was murdered by three drunken teenagers after confronting them for vandalising her car. Since then, Baroness Newlove has dedicated herself to improving the life of those affected by crime and encouraging a culture of safer drinking, particularly amongst the young.
Around 2.3 million people are victims of anti-social behaviour with a dangerous rise of young people binge-drinking uncontrollably. Along with her three daughters Lady Newlove launched Newlove Warrington, with the support of Peter Kay and Rick Astley. Baroness Newlove set up a number of projects including the community radio in Warrington shopping centre, speaking out to young people about the dangers of under-age drinking. A two-week project was a community project set up and supported by students from Chester University and celebrity radio presenters from the Bauer Group including Noel Edmonds and politicians.
In 2010 Baroness Newlove was appointed as the Government's champion for Active and Safer Communities and spent six months in the Home Office. In 2011, Lady Newlove moved to work alongside The Secretary of State Eric Pickles at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). She has written several reports to help people make a difference to their neighbourhoods. Her report, Building Safe, Active Communities: Strong foundations by local people, was published on 14 February 2012 and announced a £1m fund from DCLG to help communities tackle alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. Lady Newlove worked with the successful 20 communities across England to support and encourage them to develop their innovative ideas to make a real difference in their communities and share that learning as widely as possible.
Working with the drinks industry, Baroness Newlove forged strong community partnerships as the Chair of the Community Alcohol Partnerships [CAP] that bring together senior representatives from the police to the retail sector in agreeing to a local strategy for a lasting solutions to the problems of underage drinking and associated antisocial behaviour.
In December 2012, Lady Newlove was appointed the Victims Commissioner for England and Wales by the Ministry of Justice. The Commissioners role is to: promote the interests of victims and witnesses; encourage good practice in the treatment of victims and witnesses; and keep under review the operation of the Code of Practice for Victims. Since taking office she has invested a significant amount of time speaking to many victims of crime and the organisations that represent them, criminal justice partners, local community members and voluntary groups. She is currently undertaking a series of reviews into whether criminal justice agencies are compliant in their obligations of delivering services to victims under the Victims’ Code. The first of which was published in January 2015, entitled ‘A Review of Complaints and Resolution for Victims of Crime’. In this review, Baroness Newlove found examples of positive work taking place across the criminal justice system but also a clear gap between what criminal justice agencies described and what victims experienced when making a complaint about their treatment.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said: “As Victims’ Commissioner, I am determined to secure positive change in how victims and their families are treated by the criminal justice system. Personally, I also want to see a culture of responsible drinking so we can rid our streets of drunken violence and intimidation. Rest assured that I will continue to speak up for grassroots activists and all the tremendous good you do, and to speak out against the barriers, bureaucracy and jargon that hold you back.”
Baroness Newlove uses every platform available to be the voice for community activities everywhere who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in their neighbourhoods and is a powerful champion for outstanding work done by grassroots activists.
Join Baroness Helen Newlove and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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