Let me introduce myself
My name is Yvonne Davies, married to Ernie and a mother of 4. We have 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
I have been a volunteer in various organisations from a playgroup and school Parent Teachers Association in the 1970s to a Local Newspaper, Healthy Living Centre Steering Group and Counselling Service. In 1998 I set up a free Counselling Service to run alongside my private practice. Referrals come from individuals, GP’s, Social Workers and other organisations.
The free counselling service offers placements to trainees in their final year at Adult Colleges and Universities in Manchester, Cheshire and Salford and the Liaison Officer for Counselling Northwest.
As a Magistrate in Manchester since March 2000 it has been an honour to serve the local community and since 2009 been the Deputy Chairman of the Manchester City Magistrates’ Court and from 1st January 2012 Deputy of the newly merged Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.
In March 2011 along with students from the Manchester Metropolitan University we celebrated 650th Anniversary of Magistrates by having a Court Open Day. 500 people came to see what we were all about.
Magistrates go out into the community giving talks to groups about what we do and with Probation Officers have interactive presentation where participants decide what punishment they would like to hand out to the criminal that we read about in a newspaper cutting.
I also sit on the WomenMATTA strategic Steering Group ensuring that there is a direct method of communication between the Project and Magistrates in Manchester. This way we can keep track of new initiatives for women involved in the Criminal Justice System in and the North West.