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ROUND-UP: Surrey’s pledge to tackle domestic abuse; Hard work pays off for adult learners; Catering team lands award

David Hodge pledges his support for the White Ribbon Campaign

Surrey’s pledge to tackle domestic abuse

Surrey has become one of the first counties in the UK to receive White Ribbon status for its commitment to tackling domestic violence and abuse.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement which asks supporters to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about male violence against women.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “Domestic abuse destroys lives and families and I’m proud to support the White Ribbon movement, which has been influential in challenging and exposing this crime.

“The award of county-wide White Ribbon status is excellent news for Surrey and recognises the commitment of local agencies to working as one team to combat violence against women and girls and give practical and emotional support to survivors.”

Anyone seeking support due to domestic abuse can visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Hard work pays off for adult learners

Mary Lewis speaking at the awards ceremony for adult learners

The hard work of more than 100 adult learners has paid off after they were awarded their English and Maths GCSE certificates at the Adult Learning Centre in Guildford.

Surrey County Council offers a host of adult learning opportunities and Cabinet Member for Education Mary Lewis addressed learners during the ceremony.

Guildford MP Anne Milton presented the certificates.

Mrs Lewis said: “It was great to see so many people picking up their qualifications, whether to help them secure a new job, pursue a hobby or learn something new.

“The county council has a huge range of courses available and I’d urge anyone hoping to gain a new qualification or skill to take a look at what’s on offer.”

Catering team lands award

Providing 70,000 nutritious meals every day to Surrey schoolchildren is no easy task.

But that is the job assigned to Surrey County Council’s catering team, which has won the Procurement Team of the Year category in a national competition run by The Caterer magazine.

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