Police and Crime Commissioner Pays visit to Winder Power Headquarters
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West-Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, today paid a visit to the Leeds headquarters of Winder Power Ltd, the leading UK manufacturer of power and distribution transformers. The visit marks Winder’s ongoing partnership with the charity, supporting their efforts to create sustainable employment opportunities for ex-offenders and help move them away from a life of crime.
Winder Power Ltd, along with a growing number of partner companies throughout the UK has been involved with the Leeds based charity since its establishment in 2014, and has employed two ex-offenders, who were recruited through the Tempus Novo programme.
Commenting on the Commissioner’s visit, Group Managing Director of Winder Power Limited, and a trustee of the Tempus Novo Charity, Laurence MacKenzie said, “We are delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner to our factory today to meet the Tempus Novo trustees who are holding their monthly meeting in our business. We at Winder are passionate about the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and we’re delighted to be involved with such a rewarding charity. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Tempus Novo and to playing our part in giving people a second chance.”
Speaking during his visit, Mark Burns-Williamson added; “Employment plays a huge role in the rehabilitation of offenders and it reduces the risk of reoffending by 50%, without the continued support of companies like Winder Power our service wouldn’t be able to help these people who are looking for a way out of a life of crime. I am delighted to be visiting Winder Power today, they are a huge employer in the local area and are further strengthening the local Pudsey community through their work with Tempus Novo.”
“I have helped to fund the excellent work of Tempus Novo through my Safer Communities Fund, which gives grants to voluntary, community groups, charities and partners to make their communities safer. Money for the fund comes from the ill-gotten gains recovered by West Yorkshire Police under the Proceeds of Crime Ace (POCA) although at the moment around half of everything seized goes back to government. With more money, we could help make an even greater difference.”
For more information about the Safer Communities Fund visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund
As part of his visit, Mr Burns-Williamson was treated to a tour of the impressive facility, where he had the opportunity to get to grips with some of the state-of-the-art machinery and see first-hand the great opportunity that Winder, as a partner company, offers users of the Tempus Novo charity.