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The crime reporting line charity Crimestoppers has used National Volunteers Week in June as a chance to say “thank you” to the hundreds of people that give up their time across the UK to help. With over 500 volunteers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Crimestoppers has been able to call upon the public in various sectors such as business, the media, and local government.
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognise and thank all those who give up their time free of charge, and in our case, contribute to making their community safer. Many have worked on campaigns in their area centred on crimes such as metal theft, domestic violence and burglary, while others have acted as spokespeople for the media and contributed to the running of the charity’s headquarters.
Michael Laurie, Chief Executive for Crimestoppers, said: “The role of our volunteers cannot be underestimated and I am immensely proud of the commitment and dedication they continue to show Crimestoppers. I would like to personally thank each of them for their ongoing work and hope that they will inspire other members of their community to get involved in the fight against crime.”
E-cards from the Chair of Trustees, Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, have also been sent out to all who give their time to the charity. Three volunteers spoke about why they volunteer for Crimestoppers:
Kathy Burke (Chair of Sussex Crimestoppers) – “I met the area coordinator for Sussex Crimestoppers at an event about 14 years ago and was interested in getting involved as at the time I was working in the youth division of the local council.
“The work we do has a direct impact on the local community and having been a victim of crime myself since getting involved with the charity, I can understand the importance of seeking out the individuals committing crime in our area.”
Charlotte Patrick (Vice-Chair of Northamptonshire Crimestoppers) – “I was introduced to Crimestoppers about five years ago as my job involves working with local businesses.
“In my time here we have been able to recruit and work with local companies that have expressed an interest in helping to keep their community safe, and I would encourage any others wanting to help the fight against crime to get involved with us.”
Richard Sreeharan (based at Central Office) – “My contribution is team-based, and so the main challenge that I enjoy is motivating team members. I get to brush up on soft skills such as office etiquette.
“HR has so far created a fine blend of quality staff that makes volunteering at Crimestoppers a pleasure. I actually feel like a part of the furniture, even though I’m just volunteering!”
If you want to find out more about being a volunteer with Crimestoppers then visit our volunteer page at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer.