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West Yorkshire BAWP Presents Charity with Cheque

Thursday June 15, 2017

Monies raised at the BAWP Northern Conference have been donated to a cancer support charity. 

Attendees at the event in March raised funds by supporting a raffle on the day and by purchasing BAWP 30th anniversary badges, raising over £300.  

The charity supported, Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that supports those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families and friends. They offer a wide range of completely free of charge therapies which help people deal with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer. CI Sally Fryer and Michelle Flint

Chief Inspector Sally Fryer, local BAWP Chair said; "The Northern Conference was a huge success and we were delighted to support such a great cause. I am delighted to present Breast Cancer Haven with the funds raised from a raffle and the sale of the commemorative 30th anniversary badges and that West Yorkshire BAWP is able to support such a fantastic cause." 

Volunteer Breast Cancer Haven Ambassador Michelle Flint, who also spoke at the conference accepted the cheque on the charity’s behalf said "We are delighted with the wonderful donation from the British Association of Women in Policing which will help to transform the lives of anyone in Yorkshire and beyond who is trying to cope with the impact of breast cancer. We are also grateful for their help in raising awareness of the support available at Breast Cancer Haven. " 

Donations from the raffle, and the sale of the badges was split between Breast Cancer Haven, and The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.  

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft and world Thai-boxing champion Rachael Mackenzie and Lizzi Jones were among the inspirational speakers at the event.  

More than 200 guests from across the north of England came to the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield on 8 March, to mark 30 years of BAWP on International Women’s Day. 

The conference, which focused on motivating and supporting women to maximise their potential, included speakers from within West Yorkshire Police as well as women from outside of policing, who shared their personal and professional views on the future challenges for women in the workplace.  

Guests heard from Ms Mackenzie, who has topped the women’s Thai-boxing world rankings in two weight categories, and Ms Cockroft, who won three gold medals for wheelchair racing and set a new world record at the Rio Games last year. 

National BAWP Chair Dee Collins said the event was an opportunity to "pause and reflect on the contribution of women across the world". 

Compere Supt Paul Hepworth noted that while BAWP focuses primarily on women, it is "vitally important that men have a part to play in understanding these issues and to see how they can help and support female colleagues, which may be different to the way they work with their male counterparts".

He added: "We know that the issues faced in policing can be challenging.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for people to share their experiences, and examine how we can all support each other through a successful career in policing and in our joint mission to make communities safer." 

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said; "As the WYP President of BAWP, I was absolutely delighted at the outcome of our International Women's Day leadership event. The attendance from our Force, other forces and Partners was fantastic and the small organisation team, pulled together a brilliant wide ranging list of speakers, who motivated and inspired us all.  

"The networking opportunities were vast and I know each and every one attendee really benefitted from investing in themselves that day. I do have to say a special thanks to Fran Senior of the RSSU, who as lead organiser, was simply superb. I'm already looking forward to next year." 

The event would not have been possible without the generous support from Slater and Gordon, Tusker and West Yorkshire Police Federation.

 

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Police forces across the North of England will come together to mark International Women's Day and 30 years of the British Association of Women in Policing at a conference being held in West Yorkshire on Wednesday (March 8).

The event, hosted at the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre at Carr Gate, Wakefield, will welcome more than 200 guests for a day focussing on motivating, inspiring and supporting women to maximise their potential.  

Speakers include local champions from West Yorkshire Police, as well as inspirational women from areas outside of policing including fund-raiser Lizzi Jones, author Nicky Seignot, Thai-boxing champion Rachael Mackenzie and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE.  

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins, who is the National BAWP President will be opening the event, and welcoming colleagues to the second conference hosted in the county. She said; "As national chair of BAWP I am delighted to welcome so many people to the event being held on International Women’s Day, when we can all pause and reflect on the contribution of women across the world. We have some fantastic participants taking part in the day who will share their personal and professional views of the challenges ahead for women in the workplace." 

Superintendent Paul Hepworth from Wakefield District is comparing the event; "Whilst BAWP focus is primarily around women's issues it's vitally important that men have a part to play in understanding these issues and to see how they can help and support female colleagues, which may be different to the way they work with their male counterparts. We know that the issues faced in policing can be challenging, and everyone handles these circumstances in different ways. This event is an excellent opportunity for people to share their experiences, and examine how we can all continue to support each other through a successful career in policing and in our joint mission to make communities safer." 

The event will be closed by Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, who is also the West Yorkshire President of BAWP. 

Chief Inspector Sally Fryer, who is the Force’s BAWP chair said; "The conference has come about after lots of work from the West Yorkshire BAWP committee who have sourced some fantastic speakers for the day. We are delighted to host the event, and hope that everyone who attends and is involved enjoys the speakers and their presentations. We're hoping to really motivate and enthuse people by looking a themes such as well-being which are vitally important when having such a large and diverse work force." 

You can follow West Yorkshire BAWP on twitter @WYP_BAWP and the conference by using #wypbawp 

 

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