A West Mercia service helping women escape crime cycles has been nationally acclaimed.

The Local Initiatives Nurturing Change (LINC) programme, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion and delivered by Willowdene, was hailed as a best practice by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.

The programme with an investment of more than £100,000 is a holistic and trauma approach offering an alternative to custody, empowering women to break free from situations like domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, offending, and substance misuse.

In recognition, Mr Campion visited Willowdene Farm this week, congratulating the team for the nationally-commended programme.

Mr Campion said: "Matt and the team are leading the way to ensure women deal with the trauma of the past so they can have a better future.

"It’s no surprise that their work has received national appraisal and why I continue to be a proud supporter of Willowdene and the range of life-changing programmes they offer."

Echoing similar sentiments, Dr Matt Home, chief executive officer at Willowdene said: "Without the support of PCC John Campion we would not be able to deliver the LINC programme, which is instrumental in supporting vulnerable women.

"The team at Willowdene are proud that the LINC project was recognised by the inspectorate and to receive ongoing support from the PCC."