Volunteering Matters has been published to showcase the non-uniformed police volunteers activity within the police service, as well as provide articles and ideas for practitioners who manage and support volunteers.

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A year in the lives of Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets

In 2016 the Cadets assisted the Police Training Centre at Sedgley Park on nine occasions by role acting for the Special Constabulary Skills Development Exercises. This also enabled the Cadets to develop their own knowledge of the areas being assessed whilst role acting.

North Wales Volunteer reflects on unique role

Ashley Harding is a 26-year-old undergraduate student. He is a volunteer at North Wales Police, but his role is unique as it is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK. He currently volunteers within the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) division; a trust who strive to promote a safer North Wales by supporting local communities.

Lancashire Police launch rural mounted volunteers

Rural crime is one of the Neighbourhood Policing priorities being tackled in Ribble Valley. To combat this, officers have spent the last 12 months creating an initiative which will increase community involvement in order to support the constabulary in rural crime prevention.

Cleveland Police Cadets win national awards

Cleveland Police Cadets have beaten stiff competition to win a second national award for their work with people living with dementia in the local community.

Police Support Volunteer awarded for act of bravery

Friday 1 May 2015 was just a normal day for Barrie Charters-Rowe, 73, as he was travelling home with his wife Trish, until he came across a road accident on Narborough Road in Leicester.

Bedfordshire Cadets scoop national award

Bedfordshire Police Cadets have scooped the High Sheriffs’ Association of England and Wales National Crime beat Award 2015/2016 for their outstanding contribution to helping to reduce crime and creating a safer community.

Neighbourhood Watch Conference

The Neighbourhood Watch conference took place in December 2015, the objective of the event was to make sure that their key volunteers, police and other important partners have a shared understanding of where they are now, why they need to start doing some things differently and how they plan to take this forward.

GMP museum record high visitors

The Museum was founded in 1981. It not only collects and preserves archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area, but acts as an important resource for community engagement, where visitors can talk to staff and volunteers about policing.

Police Support Volunteer honoured at Downing Street event

A Warwickshire Police Support Volunteer has been nominated as a North Warwickshire and Bedworth Community Champion and was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

West Midlands University students win police gap year in landmark project

A group of Coventry students will swap lectures for law and order after landing a year-long placement with West Midlands Police. In a UK-first initiative, 12 undergraduates from Coventry University and Coventry University College will be sworn in as Special Constables and handed a gap-year working with the city’s police force.

North Yorkshire Volunteers Face Freezing Weather

In North Yorkshire, more than 40 farmers and Watch volunteers, representing Borderwatch, Thirsk Valewatch, Girsby Watch, Bedale Watch and Stokesley Watch, worked alongside officers from North Yorkshire Police and five other police forces as part of Operation Checkpoint on one of the coldest nights of the year.

Northumbria Volunteers to help curb speeding

Volunteers from Northumberland villages have been quick to step up to the mark to help keep speeding motorists at bay. The Northumbria Police Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme has recruited 31 locals from Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham who will assist officers tackling speeding in local areas.

Volunteers Support Scenes of Crime

State of the art crime scene investigation boxes have been introduced for Post Mortems and Crime Scenes in West Yorkshire after volunteers gave up their time to lend their expertise to the force. These boxes are affectionately known as Red and Green boxes.

Telephone Befriending Service

In 2012, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Avon and Somerset Police began a joint telephone befriending service. It has run as a pilot for two years and is now business as usual. The idea is that police call handlers identify vulnerable adults who contact the Constabulary about non-police matters and offer them over-the-phone support from RVS telephone volunteers.

Celebrating National Volunteers Week with our Citizens in Policing Profiles

National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which took place this year on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of Volunteers across the UK. Volunteering Matters would like to take the opportunity to showcase some of our Citizens in Policing who give their time aspolice volunteers.

Guest Article - Lions Club International

This issue we welcome an overview of the Lions Club International, which is the world’s largest voluntary service organisation with 1.34 Million members in some 208 countries and geographic areas.

Citizens in Policing Conference 2014

The Citizens in Policing Conference 2014 was held 28/29 January 2014 where some 140 delegates, including practitioners, ACPO officers and Police and Crime Commissioners, attended. The conference offered lots of opportunity for delegates to network and share good practice.

Proud of Stockport - Rita Armin

The ‘Proud of Stockport’ Awards 2014 took place in the Town Hall Ballroom on 4th February 2014. Rita Armin, a Police Support Volunteer with Greater Manchester Police was the winner of the Special Police Award category.

GMP Cadets involved in bringing Christmas Cheer

GMP Cadets helped wrap Christmas hampers filled with food and winter essentials which were delivered to vulnerable and elderly people across Greater Manchester, bringing some cheer to those who may not otherwise see a friendly face over the festive period.

Cash boost for Kent Search and Rescue volunteers

The invaluable support given to the force by volunteers at Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) was recognised recently with a £1,000 donation.

Volunteer success at National Ferrers Awards 2013

The Lord Ferrers Awards 2013 were held in June at Westminster. These annual national awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise the wide range of skills that both Special Constables and Police Support Volunteers bring to policing throughout England and Wales.

Cumbrian winners at National Neighbourhood Watch Awards

Two Cumbria Police Support volunteers won recognition for their outstanding contribution to administration and management of ‘Cumbria Community Messaging’.

GMP launch new Cadet scheme

The scheme, developed by Sergeant Jane Butler and Youth Strategy Officer PC Andrew Marsden, is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun.

Humberside volunteers in partnership with Fire & Rescue

Volunteers who offer their time and effort to Humberside Police are set to wear two hats as their services are shared in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue.

Police Support Volunteers Success at National Awards

On 19 October successful nominees for the National Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteer Awards were invited to The Great Hall, Westminster, London to receive their awards from Lord Taylor of Holbeach, CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Criminal Information.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers

Alun James , Community Volunteer, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service tells Volunteering Matters about his volunteer role.

Foreword - Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO Volunteering England

We're delighted to welcome Justin Davis Smith CBE, CEO of Volunteering England, as our guest foreword for this edition of Volunteering Matters

Tameside Homewatch

The 2012 Tameside Home Watch Conference was held recently at Dukinfield Town Hall, with over 100 Home Watch Co-ordinators and invited guests attending.

Foreword - Rob Beckley, ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing

We're delighted to welcome Rob Beckley, DCC of Avon & Somerset Police who is the ACPO National Lead for Citizens in Policing.

Spotlight on a Volunteer

Janet Gould is a volunteer for Greater Manchester Police and has been an essential part of the South Neighbourhood Policing team for a number of years.

Volunteering Matters Launch

Welcome to the first ever edition of Volunteering Matters. A foreword by Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

Guest View - Susan J Ellis

Each issue we will have a specialist in volunteering guest to share their views with us. This edition we welcome Susan J Ellis, President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specialises in volunteerism.