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15th February 2007
Cherie Blair Opens New Training Suite
Cherie Booth QC, the wife of the Prime Minister and patron of the
charity Victim Support London (VSL), has officially launched VSL's new
training suite of three training rooms and a breakout area at its
offices in Finsbury Square, London, and which have been donated, rent
free for one year, by Scotia Bank.
VSL's trainers currently deliver over 50 courses a year to several
hundred Victim Support and Witness Service volunteers, as well as
delivering courses to external groups such as the Metropolitan Police,
London Probation and local community groups. The courses aim to equip
people to help those many thousands of people within the London area
who become victims of crime.
Among those from the London business community who attended the
official launch were Daniel Hanlon and David Field, of training
solutions provider, Training Synergy. Hanlon and Field, who were also
present as representatives of the UK's IT training industry, met and
chatted to Mrs Blair.
Training Synergy's managing director, Daniel Hanlon commented: "It was
good to meet Cherie Blair, who was particularly interested in how the
private sector can play more of a part in supporting important
charities such as VSL.
"Having attended the launch and learnt of some of VSL's work, we feel
that there is a great deal that Training Synergy, along with other IT
training providers, can do to support the valuable work that VSL is
doing. We'll be taking this up with industry bodies including the
Institute of IT Training and the British Computer Society, as well as
pushing for greater collaboration between industry and charities such
"Moreover, we would like to develop our relationship with VSL and offer
the charity what on-going help and expertise we can," commented
Training Synergy's David Field. "VSL deals with important issues that
are likely to affect us, or someone we know, at some time."
Notes for Editors:
Photographs of Cherie Blair with Training Synergy's Daniel Hanlon and
David Field are available, on request, from Bob Little Press & PR, on
01727 860405 or email@example.com
About Victim Support London
Victim Support is the independent national charity for people affected
by crime. Staff and volunteers offer free and confidential information,
practical help and emotional support for victims of any crime, whether
or not it has been reported and regardless of when it happened. The
organisation operates via a network of affiliated local charities, the
Witness Service and the Victim Supportline (0845 30 30 900).
Victim Support in London comprises 31 borough-based charities, 50
Witness Services, Victim Support London (VSL) and its Board of Trustees
and The London Council.
Victim Support Services in London are primarily delivered through the
borough-based Victim Support Schemes, which operate across 33 London
boroughs. Victim Support also runs Witness Services in every
Magistrates Court and Crown Court in London. The Witness Services
offers support to victims, witnesses, their families and friends when
attending any of the criminal courts in London.
Each Victim Support Scheme is represented on The London Council, an
unincorporated body whose role is to act as a consultative forum for
London on all Victim Support policy issues. Representatives from the
Council also sit on the board of VSL, the executive body for Victim
Support Schemes and Witness Services in London.
About Training Synergy
With over 300 training personnel working on projects across the UK at
any one time and a turnover in excess of £10m, Training Synergy is one
of the UK's largest training solutions providers. It delivers some
40,000 training days a year and has 7,000 trainers on its database.
Further Information from:
Stephen Fletcher, BroadSkill, 0845 050 5353 or 07968 626999;
Daniel Hanlon / David Field, Synergy, 0800 072 5900 or 020 7556 1140
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, 01727 860405