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Edition No. 196

Date:- 17 April 2005

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THE Charity Crimestoppers, who allow members of the public to pass on information about crime anonymously, is to join forces with The Jockey Club and the Racecourse Association (RCA) in a ground breaking new partnership which aims to raise awareness of the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 number in racing. 

The new venture will be launched at Newmarket on Thursday April 14 2005 with a strong Crimestoppers presence in the form of banners alongside the race track and Crimestoppers branding in the racecard. 

All of the RCA's courses are supporting the initiative, including Aintree (host of the John Smith's Grand National Meeting) and York (host of this year's Royal Ascot).

This is a particularly relevant time for such a venture as the integrity of the sport of racing has recently been the subject of much scrutiny with a widely publicised, on-going police investigation amongst other incidents. However, Crimestoppers, The Jockey Club and The Racecourse Association hope that the raised awareness of Crimestoppers will encourage those involved in the racing world, whether professionally or privately, to report information on all aspects of crime. 

By joining forces with The Jockey Club and The Racecourse Association, Crimestoppers is also spreading the message to a vast audience. Racing is one of Britain's most popular sports, more than 6 million people went racing in 2004 and is second only to football as the most televised sport in the UK. 

Dave Cording, Crimestoppers Director of Operations, said:- "We are delighted to be working with The Jockey Club and The Racecourse Association. This is an important time in the history of the sport and by raising awareness for the invaluable service which Crimestoppers provides to the public, we can further help to reduce all aspects of crime."

Paul Scotney, the Jockey Club's Director of Security, said:- "Crimestoppers has a proven track record of success and is a recognised brand all over the country. We are appealing for information on all forms of criminal activity which relate to the sport of horse racing, as well as specifically requesting those who may have information involving corruption or malpractice to use, with confidence, the Crimestoppers number."


NORTH West organisations should seek to raise their standards to improve the prospects of those who they inform and advise, was the key message of the fourth matrix Standard Regional Roadshow, held at The Lowry in Manchester.

According to Tony Green, Managing Director of the organisation responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the matrix Standard, ENTO, not enough emphasis is currently being placed on the quality of delivery of information, advice and guidance (IAG) offered to both employees and clients by organisations in the North West.

"The government and employers spend around £33 billion nationally each year on developing people and there is currently a lot of wastage, and the North West is no exception. The matrix Standard helps organisations ensure the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance, therefore offering the best return on this investment for employees and clients which they are helping to develop." explained Mr. Green. 

This the fourth of many Roadshows that will take place around England to promote the matrix Standard, was designed to show North West organisations how the Standard has benefited others and most importantly, how it can benefit them.

Delegates from organisations across the North West listened and interacted with people who had attained and benefited from the Standard, such as Carl Hunter and Jeanette Thorpe, Learning and Development Managers at Morecombe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust. There were also detailed insights into the purpose of the matrix Standard, the process of accreditation, and a workshop to help the delegates to self-assess their current performance levels as service providers of information, advice and guidance. The day finished with a powerful motivational talk about making the most of opportunities, delivered by Britain's most successful and best known Paralympic athlete, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

"Organisations often believe that they don't have the time or ability to attempt to achieve quality standards like the matrix Standard. But today has certainly showed a number of North West organisations that this is not the case and that the matrix Standard is an enjoyable, challenging experience which has to date, led to rewards for all those regional organisations that have achieved it."
added Tony Green. 

Anyone who would like to know more about the Standard or any future matrix Standard Regional Roadshows can contact the matrix Standard enquiry line on 0870 770 2468.

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