Get Involved With COPS
YOU’LL have seen that a large part of this newsletter is dedicated to the very successful Survivors’ Weekend at the end of July, which, for the first time, was based at Drayton Manor.
Once again the feedback tells us the weekend was “the best yet” which is, of course, very pleasing to hear. We are already looking with a view to improving again for next year.
Talking of next year, a visit to Police Week in Washington DC is currently being organised and if any survivors wish to join the group please contact the COPS office as soon as possible to register your interest and receive the latest information.
The group will be flying from Heathrow Airport to Dulles International on 9th May and leaving Dulles on the evening of 17th May, arriving home in the UK the following morning.
A Busy Year
As we head towards Christmas and the New Year I look back at what has been an extraordinarily busy year for COPS. We have, once again, been very fortunate to have received some wonderful donations all of which appear (or have appeared) on the rolling banner on the home page of our website.
We really appreciate all donations, which certainly help us keep the charity moving forward. We were also invited to attend many, many events up and down the country where we had the opportunity not only to raise additional funds but also to raise further the charity’s profile and it is becoming clear that more and more people are aware of COPS than was previously the case.
Could You Share Your Time?
We are always keen to meet new volunteers and would love to hear from you if you are interested in helping out. So, may I ask you all, next year can you please help out at any event in your area? Just one event could make the difference and we really would appreciate it.
Early next year I shall write to all adult Survivors as COPS tries to establish a more formal network of survivor representatives, and recruits more people to join the newly named ‘COPS Council’ (formerly the Survivor Committee) as we build for the future. Please do remember this is your charity and your help will be greatly appreciated.
We are involved with many national events and having local volunteers gives COPS visibility all over the UK. If you can spare some time and would like to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally I am delighted that the hard-working COPS office team is now back to full strength with Ann-Marie Leighton having joined us as our Information and Communication Co-ordinator. Welcome aboard Ann-Marie.
I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Denis Gunn, President