Welcoming to Purfleet

The Police and Crime Commissioner


Norfolk’s PCC visits Purfleet!

group of visitors in the day centre
We were delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Giles Orpen-Smellie and Head of Commissioning at the OPCC, Stephanie Stearman to The Purfleet Trust.

The Purfleet Trust work closely with local Police and Probation services, and Giles’ and Stephanie’s visit was a fantastic chance to show them the work we do working with people experiencing homelessness and how we help people to change their futures and transform their lives.

Giles and Stephanie were shown around our Health and Wellbeing Centre, our Pathways warehouse, the Purfleet Pantry, and one of our Training. They were impressed by our range of services and the holistic approach we take to tackling homelessness in our area.

visitor in the day centre

At our Health and Wellbeing Centre, Giles and Stephanie were introduced to our staff who understand our clients individual needs and how a tailored and compassionate approach can achieve the most positive outcomes.

They were delighted to see the work we do helping women who have experienced domestic abuse, and our early intervention services such as the Pantry – where people can share their problems in a low-pressure environment and be referred to our other services if needed.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, said:

“I would like to thank Paula and her team for making us feel so welcome.  I was so impressed with the range of services that the Purfleet Trust provide, particularly their support for women who are experiencing domestic abuse.

“As Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, I am the voice of the victim, so as part of my Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan for Norfolk, my office works in partnership with agencies to commission effective services that support victims of high harm crime. Visiting their health and wellbeing centre, Purfleet Pantry and their core services to support homelessness, it became very clear that they are making a real difference in their local community.”

The Purfleet Trust’s Chief Executive Paula Hall said:

“We were so pleased to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie to tour our full range of services across King’s Lynn.

I was glad I could introduce him to our talented team and allow him to learn of our services which support not only people experiencing homelessness, but also act as an early intervention to tackle reoffending.

The team and I were pleased to hear of the Commissioners strategy for reducing crime and increasing community safety across West Norfolk, and we feel that we are a vital service in the area that supports this mission.”

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