Gliding event to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign

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North Lincolnshire Council’s Safer Neighbourhoods team and the Blue Door are holding an event at Trent Valley Gliding Club to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign on Friday 2 September, 10am to 4pm.

The event at the Kirton-in-Lindsey based gliding club will be an opportunity to provide information on the White Ribbon campaign, highlight what has been done in North Lincolnshire to support it and raise awareness of the Blue Door.

The Blue Door is a domestic abuse service for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence.

North Lincolnshire recently became a White Ribbon County and the council has pledged to continue to support the work of the White Ribbon campaign and ‘never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women’.

At the event people will be able to go up in a glider by paying a minimum donation of £10 per person that will be given to the Blue Door. Flights will take place between 11am and 3pm. This will be a five or 10 minute glide going 1,000 feet high (weather dependent).

At the event there will be staff from local services providing information on domestic abuse support and crime prevention. The Safer Neighbourhoods and The Blue Door teams will be on hand to offer advice and support.

There will also be a bouncy castle, children’s games, and a chance to look around the hangar.
Why not bring a picnic and enjoy this on the grassed area where you can watch the gliders as they take off and land!

To book your place at the event, call 01724 244644 or email saferneighbourhoods@northlincs.gov.uk.

Further information about The Blue Door can be found on their website, www.thebluedoor.org.

Trent Valley Gilding Club is the first gliding club in the UK to support the White Ribbon campaign. A number of its members are White Ribbon ambassadors. For more details about Trent Valley Gliding Club, visit www.tvgc.org.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Governance and Transformation, said:

This is the first time we have held an event like this to raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign. Quite often events focused on domestic violence can be seen as quite sombre occasions and this can put people off. We thought by making it a family day out, this will encourage more people to find out about the campaign and put people at ease.

We are fully committed to supporting the White Ribbon campaign in North Lincolnshire. Being given the Town and County Award shows how much progress we have made over the years to help put a stop to violence against women and girls. Men are also victims of domestic violence and while the vast majority are women, violence against both men and women is completely unacceptable.

It is set to be a great family day out with plenty for children to get involved in. If you’ve ever wanted to go in a glider, this is the perfect opportunity. Make sure you book your place at the event.

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