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Stockport Soroptimists Support Crime Victims

Stockport and District Soroptimists have raised funds to refurbish two video interview rooms and waiting rooms for Greater Manchester Police.Stockport police video unit donation

The facilities (at the Hazel Grove Unit) are for adults and children – victims and witnesses, as well as those accompanying them.

For the interview rooms the Soroptimists provided pictures, cushions, small tables and lamps. The aim is to make the rooms user-friendly – to offer a calm and comfortable environment for the victims of crime. Many are feeling especially vulnerable; many have suffered serious assault or domestic violence.

The waiting rooms are now fitted out with pictures, cushions and lamps; plus, TV-DVDs and a selection of films suitable for children. Books, toys, games, colouring books and pencils have been added for children, along with magazines and paperbacks for adults.

In addition, the Soroptimists have provided crockery and basic supplies. They will replenish the tea, coffee, sugar, milk and fruit juice on a regular basis.

Eleanor Reakes (President, SI Stockport and District) and fellow members presented a commemorative plaque to Divisional Superintendent Stephen McFarlane to mark the completion of the makeover.

President Eleanor said, “Stockport Soroptimists have a strong history of supporting the victims of crime.

“I am delighted that our members have been able to provide these simple, comfortable facilities at the video unit in Hazel Grove Police Station. They will make a real difference during interviews and while people are waiting.”