Greater Manchester volunteers receive prestigious Home Office award

  • STRIVE from Talk Listen Change wins Award
  • Recognised for their local community work

A group of volunteers who have been working with Greater Manchester Police to support local communities have received a prized national award. 

The STRIVE volunteer team from the charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change attended the Home Office for the Lord Ferrers Awards, which recognises outstanding contributions to policing. 

They were awarded the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer award, to recognise their impressive contribution to policing within Greater Manchester by supporting families where there may be domestic abuse. 

STRIVE is an initiative designed to reduce police call-outs in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and funded by The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester’s  deputy  mayor for  policing and  crime, Bev Hughes, said: “This award highlights the important role that volunteers play in supporting policing by giving up their free time to make communities safer and enhancing the effectiveness of policing in Greater Manchester.”

In 2018, volunteers visited over 3,000 homes across Greater Manchester, making over 500 referrals to further support services. The TLC: Talk, Listen, Change STRIVE service currently have over 140 volunteers, a figure due to rise to over 300 within the next year. 

Michelle Hill, CEO of TLC: Talk, Listen, Change said: “We are so proud of and so grateful to all our volunteers who give so much of their time, working alongside Greater Manchester Police, to deliver the STRIVE service.”