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HRH Princess Anne Visits Beacon Victim Care Centre
The Princess Royal visited Beacon Victim Care Centre, Hertfordshire’s victim care service in Welwyn Garden City on September 26th. She met with the team supporting victims of crime and opened The Beacon Lodge, the county’s newest facility for providing 1:1 support to victims of crime. The visit was made in her capacity as Patron of Catch22, the charity running Beacon Victim Care on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
 
The Princess Royal met with Beacon team members and civic figures from across the county including Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Beacon Victim Care has a primary focus to help victims cope and recover from their experience of crime. Its team of dedicated and trained professionals create personal plans of support which could include emotional support, practical support or advocacy.

The Shining Light awards celebrate Beacon’s success delivering support across a broad range of specialities. The Princess Royal presented certificates for achievements including: establishing a restorative justice provision, supporting child victims of crime, providing exceptional office support and outstanding support for individual victims, including a gang related incident.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to officially open The Lodge- a newly refurbished support facility on constabulary grounds. The Lodge acts as safe space for more vulnerable victims of crime to receive support, near to but distinct from police headquarters. The space is shared with Hertfordshire’s domestic abuse service- who also deliver discreet support to those who may not be able to meet in the community or their home.
 
Emma Jones, Head of Service for Beacon Victim Care says:

 “We are delighted that our Patron HRH Princess Anne has visited us at Hertfordshire Beacon today, and helped us celebrate the team’s commitment to serving victims of crime in Hertfordshire. It was made even more special by having someone who had used our service present to tell his story. Seeing them tell the audience how much Beacon has changed his life showed what a difference we make through our work.”

Speaking after the visit, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I’m very proud to welcome The Princess Royal to Beacon and I know she was impressed by the hard work of Constabulary staff and the team from Catch 22.

“Beacon has made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by all sorts of crime in the county, and earlier this year we were able to increase the support available to cover even more crimes, which is excellent news.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims and Commissioning at the Herts PCC office said:

“This marks a fantastic milestone in the history of Beacon. Three years on from its launch, the service has grown from strength to strength and the visit of Her Royal Highness recognises how important the team’s work is, and I thank staff and Catch 22 for that.

“I’m delighted that the Beacon Lodge has also been officially opened as it represents an important development in providing even greater level of support including those who seek support including mediation.”

Background:

About Catch22 (www.catch-22.org.uk)
 
Catch22 is a social business, a not for profit business with a social mission. As a social business we have the heart of a charity, and the mindset of a business. For over 200 years we have designed and delivered services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities.
Our 1600 colleagues work at every stage of the social welfare cycle, supporting 40,000 individuals from cradle to career. Today we deliver children’s social care, alternative education, apprenticeships and employability programmes, justice and rehabilitation services (in prisons and in the community), gangs intervention work, emotional wellbeing and substance misuse programmes.
 
About Hertfordshire Beacon

Hertfordshire Beacon Victim Care Centre offers a complete ‘wrap-around’ provision for victims of crime. The service is available free to all victims of crime, including those who have decided not to report the matter to police, or who have changed their mind about needing support and choose to make contact in the weeks or months after the incident.

Beacon is a partnership organisation created by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary and delivered Catch 22 staff.
Visit the website at www.hertfordshirebeacon.org for information and advice to access support or call 03000 11 55 55​ (option 3).