(Sue Abbott, speaking at our staff conference)
Can you spare some free time to help young and vulnerable people?
Sue Abbott, chair of the Northwards board, has volunteered as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for around eight years.
And now, she’s encouraging others to follow her lead and take part in the scheme, which provides support and guidance for young people who have been arrested and have no parent or guardian to call on.
A lot of satisfaction
Greater Manchester Police runs the Appropriate Adult scheme and is recruiting new volunteers.
Sue said: “As an Appropriate Adult, you really are quite an important person, providing support for the detained person.
“I think it’s well worth doing. I wouldn’t have been doing it for so long if I didn’t think so.
“You do get a lot of satisfaction from it, especially with helping the young people.”
Appropriate Adults form part of a 24-hour rota and may be called at any time of the day or night to help someone as they are dealt with at a custody suite in Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner has called on people to support the initiative.
Tony Lloyd said: “Local people are invaluable to the Appropriate Adult scheme – without people willing to give up their free time we wouldn’t be able to provide this service. These volunteers provide a lifeline for young people and those who are vulnerable, providing help and support during what can be an upsetting and confusing process.”
Hours are flexible and full training is provided. Expenses are paid.
The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September. For more information, contact Claire Smith at Police and Crime Commissioner’s office on 0161 793 3092.