Michael Smith, Regional Community Cohesion Officer for Dyfed, Dr Anne Kelly and Mary Fleming
Dr Anne Kelly, representing SI Wales South, and fellow SI Tenby Soroptimist Mary Fleming were invited to work alongside Mr Michael Smith, Dyfed Powys’s Regional Community Cohesion Co-ordinator, on the Dyfed Powys Police Regional Anti- Slavery Group on their stand at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.
The Royal Welsh Show is the pinnacle four-day event in the British agricultural calendar and attracts over 200,000 visitors from across Wales and around the world to watch the competitions and visit the countless stands. Amongst the many visitors were the Prime Minister, Theresa May, Michael Gove MP, and Angel Leadson MP. The Show was therefore a perfect choice for Dyfed Powys’ Police Forum to increase awareness of Modern Slavery within local communities.
Throughout the day Dr. Kelly and Mary Fleming were able to circulate amongst the other stands, distributing Welsh Government stickers and posters urging awareness and action to detect and report this heinous crime. Soroptimist International has urged Clubs throughout the UK to take action on increasing awareness of Modern Slavery and, since 2008, SI Tenby has actively campaigned and lobbied on issues concerning Modern Slavery. They have been assisted by local MPs, AMs, and organisations including councils, industry, retail, schools, and churches. The club’s efforts have also raised a considerable amount of help for organisations concerned with providing support for victims.