From catching up on social media, driving through the beautiful Welsh countryside, to planning campaigns and projects, Ella Rabaiotti, Wales’s first Crimestoppers National Manager, takes us through her day.
Morning coffee and news
Early morning always starts with a strong coffee before catching up with daily news and current affairs – online, TV and especially social media. I run the Crimestoppers Wales Twitter account (@Wales_CS) so regularly check and share the latest crime news and appeals for information. It’s a quick way to spread the message about our work and engage with lots of people across Wales and beyond.
Out and about
Plans for each day are different, but I’m usually out and about travelling through beautiful Welsh countryside, promoting the charity and planning new campaigns. I cover the three southern police force areas in Wales – Gwent, Dyfed Powys and South Wales. The local crime issues are diverse – from livestock thefts to drug dealing to burglary. Coming from a criminal justice background, I can quickly understand the challenges and help suggest ways to increase intelligence from the public through utilising Crimestoppers anonymous service.
It’s good to talk
Working remotely can be a challenge, so I like to catch up with Crimestoppers colleagues by phone to discuss and share ideas. If I’m asked to look at a particular campaign, there’s always another Regional Manager who’s come across the issue before and can offer suggestions. We may not see each other very often but it’s a very helpful virtual team. In addition, I often speak to the Wales committee Chair Ian Johnston or Deputy Chair Terry Flynn to keep them up to date or for some words of wisdom.
Creating positive change
Lately I’ve been travelling around Wales’s regions raising awareness of our youth scheme Fearless which enables young people to make positive, informed decisions around crime. I’m working closely with our volunteer committee to launch Fearless across Wales through a new short film. I enjoy helping to create positive change, and aside from working for Crimestoppers, I’m a trustee at a social enterprise for social inclusion.
Return to the nest
At the end of the day, back at home, I check Twitter, and keep up to date with emails. I know I’m fortunate to work in such a unique charity role and understand how important it is that people are given the opportunity to speak up about crime. It’s knowing that a vulnerable or scared person can call us completely anonymously to tell us what they know – that really motivates me.