Divisional Commendation

October 2021

Turning Tides’ Community Workers receive Divisional Commendation
from Sussex Police for going above and beyond


Turning Tides’ Community Workers were commended for their tireless efforts throughout the pandemic at the West Sussex Divisional Awards ceremony held at Arundel Castle on Monday 18th October.

Nominations were made from Sussex Police employees to recognise those serving the community who go above and beyond the call of duty. Police Constable, Laura Marmolejo nominated the Littlehampton staff at Turning Tides in recognition of the joint working that took place during the height of the pandemic. Laura was absolutely delighted the commendation was approved:

“I wanted the efforts of Littlehampton staff to be recognised. Joint working was instrumental across all sectors in safeguarding those in our community who were especially vulnerable when Covid was rife. The Turning Tides team work selflessly to ensure the support mechanisms are in place for anyone who finds themselves homeless. The work they do is invaluable and we at Sussex Police appreciate all their hard work and look forward to working with them in future.”

The prestigious accolade related to the police initiative Operation Manner, where Turning Tides worked with Sussex Police to protect people who were homeless, identifying safeguarding needs and reducing antisocial behaviour. Turning Tides staff played a critical role, providing support to homeless people during the pandemic and also securing longer term housing solutions.

Chief Superintendent Howard Hodges, Divisional Commander for West Sussex, said:

“These awards are held annually to recognise the achievements of individuals who make a difference, both from within our own workforce as well as our volunteers and members of the public. This event is a special occasion in a special venue which we have matched with special people, and gives us the opportunity to showcase these people for going above and beyond, and for making a difference to our communities across West Sussex. I am proud of each and every one of those who have received their awards.”

Philip Stone received the award on behalf of Turning Tides’ Littlehampton team. Philip has been working for over 3 years as a Community Inclusion Worker in the area and proudly accepted the commendation:

“It was an absolute honour to receive the award on behalf of the whole team and this award brought a time of reflection on the difficulties we all faced during the pandemic. The award highlighted the importance of the strong partnerships we have made with other agencies that enables positive outcomes – even in the face of adversity. Covid-19 changed the way we lived and worked, isolating us not just as workers but as everyday people, sharing thoughts and decisions with fellow colleagues and agencies to support the most vulnerable gave the added strength and support needed throughout this difficult time.”

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