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Commissioners Volunteering Event

27th June 2014

Making a Difference – Supporting Others

A special event is being held in Northumbria in July to encourage local people to take up volunteer posts within Northumbria Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners such as Victims Support and the Probation Service.

July 17th has been turned into Northumbria Volunteers Day and local people are being urged to come along to a special event – the Commissioner’s Volunteer Fair – to take advantage of the great opportunities that will be promoted on the day.

Around 15 different organisations from across the criminal justice sector who are looking to recruit volunteers will be coming together at the event, which takes place in the Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle on July 17 between 11am and 3pm.

It is being championed by Vera Baird, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner. Mrs Baird has organised the event, bringing together representatives of Victim Support, Youth Offending Teams, The Probation Service, The Princes Trust and Northumbria Police to exhibit at and speak one-to-one to potential volunteers under one roof.

Those organisations looking for volunteers come from across the criminal justice system and together they already work closely with the Commissioner to provide a number of valuable services to victims of crime and their families across the Northumbria area.

Volunteers take on vital roles ranging from magistrates and police specials through to victim support roles. Many play a key role in supporting victims of crime and their families, as well as helping the full-time staff deliver a first-class criminal justice system that links into the wider community.

Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, said: “The Volunteer Fair will bring together different organisations that do such an important job to support victims, families and communities and I would urge anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to support and help others to come along to Brunswick Methodist Church (behind Fenwicks) on July 17 to find out more.”

She added: “Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and impress employers. Local people have the talent and experience to make a difference – July 17 is the day to find out how”