The work of Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru's Community Liaison Officer, was recognised this week at the North Wales Criminal Justice Board Volunteer & Justice Awards Ceremony. Jenny was awarded a Certificate in recognition of the outstanding commitment to diversity for her work in tackling issues of homophobic hate crime. She works closely with the Police and criminal justice agencies across Wales to develop strategies that tackle homophobic hate crime and increase the confidence of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) community in reporting homophobic hate crime.
Jenny and two North Wales Police Diversity Officers were also nominated for Individual who has shown Outstanding Commitment to Diversity. The award winner, Gwyn Parry Diversity Officer for Western Division, said "It's thanks to the work of Jenny and Stonewall Cymru that the reporting of homophobic hate crime in the Western Division has substantially increased."
Gruffudd Jones, Co-Chair of Stonewall Cymru said "Jenny's community liaison work is central to putting policy into practice. The Home Office estimates that 90% of homophobic hate crime goes unreported and unprosecuted. It is, therefore, vital that the Police and other agencies work together to increase the reporting of hate crime by LGB people. "
The Award Ceremony was hosted by the North Wales Criminal Justice Board in partnership with Barclays Bank and supported by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and the High Sheriff's of Gwynedd and Clwyd. The Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution made by volunteers, who support the work of the Criminal Justice System, and staff who help make North Wales a safer place for us all.