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Merseyside: Police-Backed Sexual Assault Support Service Visited By High Sherrif Of Merseyside

September 26, 2012, 11:41 am

Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust had the honour of hosting a visit by Martin Amlôt, the High Sheriff of Merseyside at two of its ground-breaking community outreach services this week.

Amongst his many duties, the High Sheriff is the local representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has an important role in supporting the work of the local public and voluntary sectors.

He visited The Armistead Centre and the SAFE Place Merseyside initiative, which are both based just off Liverpool city centre’s Dale Street, on Thursday 13th September.

Martin Amlôt, OBE said of his visit; “I was very grateful for the opportunity to visit both the Armistead Centre and SAFE Place Merseyside today, in order to find out more about their work in supporting vulnerable members of the community in Merseyside.

“It was incredibly inspiring to be able to meet with staff and service users at the centre, and to hear of the very positive impact that these services are having on people’s lives.”

Run by the LCH NHS Trust, working in close partnership with Merseyside Police, the Armistead service provides sexual health promotion and other support services to Liverpool’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. It also provides a range of outreach, access and referral services for the city’s on street and off street sex workers.

SAFE Place Merseyside is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Merseyside and provides specialist support to people who have been sexually assaulted. The project is jointly run and supported by the Trust, working alongside the Home Office, Merseyside Police and local councils.

It offers free and confidential help and advice to members of the public affected by sexual violence, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive at LCH said, “As a Trust we are very proud of the high quality of care and support provided to our communities through our Armistead and SAFE Place Merseyside initiatives, both of which have received national recognition for their work.

“By establishing close working relationships between our health professionals, the Police and other community partners, these services have been able to significantly improve outcomes for people in our communities.”

For more information about the Armistead Centre or any of the services it provides, please call: 0151 227 1931 or visit: www.armisteadcentre.co.uk

For more information about SAFE Place Merseyside, please call: 0151 295 3550 or visit: www.safeplacemerseyside.org.uk

 
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