The Cleveland PCC's third annual Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair is taking place once again this November to encourage hundreds of local people to take up volunteer posts across the area.
The event, which is jointly organised and championed by Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Volun-tees – Teesside University’s volunteer programme, will take place on Monday 2nd November between 10am and 3pm at Teesside University.
Following on from the overwhelming success in previous years, this year’s event will take place in a new location on campus – The Curve Building. This will enable even more organisations to get involved, such as Victim Support, Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND, the Citizens Advice Bureau – Witness Service plus many more.
The organisations exhibiting on the day come from right across the Criminal Justice landscape and are already working closely with hundreds of local volunteers to provide a number of crucial services to victims of crime, anti-social behaviour and their families.
Local people are being urged to come along to this special event to take advantage of the wide range of volunteering opportunities that will be promoted.
Charlotte Dixon, a volunteer with Victim Support, is extremely supportive of this event. She said: “I accidently attended the Criminal Justice Volunteer Fair in 2014 when I was a student at Teesside University. I was not actively seeking volunteering work at the time; however I stumbled across Victim Support and was informed about the great services they offer.
“Within a matter of days I was attending an interview to volunteer with them and was looking forward to attending their volunteer training and making a difference.
“To begin with my main reasoning behind volunteering was to gain some practical experience for my CV, which is what every student is looking for, and I thought working with vulnerable individuals would be a good chance to practice the skills I learnt whilst doing my degree. I had no idea how fascinating and rewarding the volunteer role would be.
“Almost two years on, I am now an employed Service Delivery Assistant at Victim Support in Stockton and have had specialised training in sexual violence. I have a huge passion for the work we do and the support we offer – so I would definitely recommend attending the fair on 2nd November.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “I am pleased to work in partnership with Teesside University once again – for a third successive year – to bring together criminal justice agencies and widely promote the many volunteering opportunities they have available.
“Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills to impress employers or to simply just give something back to the community. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in volunteering or in the criminal justice system to come along and speak one-to-one to the many organisations that will be present.”
Jayne Golden, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Teesside University, said: “Teesside University is delighted to support and host the PCC Criminal Justice Fair. The organisations attending provide volunteers with a wide range of opportunities which help make a difference to the lives of local people and the local community.”
The event takes place in The Curve Building at Teesside University on Monday 2nd November between 10am and 3pm. For more information please visit www.volunteerforcleveland.co.uk or contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01642 301208.
The full list of Organisations attending the Criminal Justice Volunteer fair is:
- Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
- Cleveland Police
- Boro Angels
- Victim Support
- Barnardo’s Circles Project
- Thirteen Care and Support
- Harbour Support Services
- Changing Futures North East
- Foundation UK
- A Way Out
- Hope North East
- Sanctuary Supported Living
- Citizens Advice Witness Service
- Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND
- Safe in Tees Valley
Posted on Wednesday 28th October 2015