New Bright Space Opens for West Yorkshire Police
Date: 07 Oct 2019
This Bright Space, located in Mirfield Police Station, is used by the Kirklees Safeguarding Unit to gather evidence from vulnerable people who are victims of abuse. The Bright Space includes a play space, designed to help children relax and feel safe, so that they give their best video evidence, to secure the conviction of the perpetrators.
The Foundation and its volunteers have transformed a suite of rooms to create a homely and welcoming environment, which provides vulnerable people with a place to relax, read books, draw, and play.
The project was funded by grants from the Morrison’s Foundation and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children; and fundraising from several Bright Horizons’ nurseries in the local area. Fiona Stewart, Manager from Bright Horizons Leeds Nursery, even climbed Mount Snowdon for the project, raising £275!
Tracy Wilkes-Green, the Foundation’s Bright Space Manager says, “We are thrilled to have opened this Bright Space for West Yorkshire Police, and hope that it will positively impact their work in keeping the children of West Yorkshire safe.”
DI Alex Bacon, from Kirklees Safeguarding Unit, said: "People coming to see us are often at a very difficult time in their lives. They are arriving at the police station and reliving extremely traumatic events and we need to make their experience with us as bearable as possible.
We need people to be comfortable with their surroundings and the feedback so far has already been good.
We are very grateful for the Bright Space; the work which has been carried out has made a real difference to the facility and looks fantastic.”