PCC Barry Coppinger with Dorothy McNaughton
One Teesside volunteer backing this year’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair is Dorothy McNaughton. Dorothy, from Billingham, volunteers for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as an Independent Custody Visitor, where she checks on the welfare of individuals detained in police custody.
Dorothy also volunteers as an Appropriate Adult for Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND where she protects the rights and welfare of children and vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by the police. She believes volunteering is a way of putting something back into the community.
“I’ve been volunteering in both roles as a result of attending last year’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair. I was overwhelmed by the incredible choice of roles on offer, that’s why I decided on two roles of a similar nature.
“As a volunteer for MIND, my Appropriate Adult role assists in safeguarding the rights and welfare of vulnerable young people and adults in police custody. My role is to provide support to the individual and facilitate communication between the individual and the police.
“My role within the PCCs office is relatively similar whereby I speak to detainees to check on the conditions in which they are held and their rights and entitlements are being observed.
“I believe my motivation to volunteer is as a result of having good listening and communication skills and having a non-judgmental attitude.
“Lots of people ask me how I find the time to volunteer in the two roles that I do, but it’s easy – I find the time and it is something that I really enjoy.
“I truly hope that the Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair encourages more people across Cleveland to get involved in volunteering”.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND will both be in attendance at the Cleveland Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair being held from10am-3pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014 at the Clarendon Building, Teesside University.
The Volunteer Fair will promote a vast amount of volunteering opportunities and is a unique chance for local people to find out how they can get involved.
More information can be found on www.volunteerforcleveland.co.uk or by calling 01642 301208.
Posted on Tuesday 14th October 2014