People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons…
For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
What unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
Volunteers bring fresh ideas, can help raise local concerns and can suggest solutions to problems. They can also act as advocates, sharing their experiences of working with the local police service within their own neighbourhoods.
For some it provides an opportunity to:
- Give something back to their community and make a difference to the lives of others
- Feel valued and part of a team
- Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
- Enhance a CV
There are lots of different ways in which you can volunteer!
Space 2017 – Fancy helping as a volunteer for Space 2017? Space provides funs activities for 11 – 17 year-olds during the school summer holiday. The programme is co-ordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and is delivered by a wider collaboration of public and voluntary organisations.
Safer Neighbourhood Panels – Panels are made up of local residents, local councillors, the local policing commander and magistrates. The panels influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in the area, give feedback to their community and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice where they live.
Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) – The ETAP is made up of members of the public, who examine policing in Staffordshire at every level including examining the response of police to incidents and analysing the way they handle complaints about policing. Qualified accountants with 5 years’ management experience are needed on ETAP to help with scrutinising public finances – find out more today.
Independent Custody Visitors – Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) check on the wellbeing of people being held in custody by the police.
Neighbourhood Watch – Residents working together to protect their homes, businesses and communities is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about. It operates as a result of members reporting suspicious people and incidents to the police and provides practical steps for householders to tackle problems through crime prevention measures and greater vigilance.
Staffordshire Police Specials – Those who give their time to be members of the Staffordshire Police Special Constabulary are incredible people who play a key role in keeping our communities safe.
Staffordshire Police Volunteer Programme – The Staffordshire Police Volunteer Programme enables members of the local community to actively engage with their local policing teams and support Staffordshire Police officers in keeping communities safe and reassured.