Over the course of last week (1st – 8th June 2018), events have been taking place across forces to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week and show appreciation towards volunteers. We provided an overview of some of these exciting events here at the National CiP website, and now have further updates from forces to show how they recognised and thanked their volunteers.
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership welcomed volunteers from across the county to an afternoon tea event this week to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2018 and to thank volunteers for their contribution to communities across Lancashire. Over 70 volunteers from across Lancashire attended and enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea.
The event was opened by Chief Inspector Ian Sewart with Radio Lancashire broadcasting live from the event. They interviewed volunteers and staff to illustrate the various roles available across the Public Services and presenter John Gilmore spoke to Mr Clive Grunshaw, Police Crime Commissioner. Mr Grunshaw said “Here today it is wonderful to see so many volunteers from across the public service spectrum all joining together to help vulnerable people and do good in our communities.”
Volunteers were introduced by Julie Sumner, County Volunteer Service Manager. All volunteers received a certificate of appreciation presented by Chairman of Lancashire County Council Anne Cheetham and Mr Johnathan Martin, Assistant Chief Officer of Lancashire Constabulary. Mr Martin highlighted the importance of supporting isolated and vulnerable people “Like other public service organisations we already had a strong history of supporting volunteering in public service but wanted to ensure that we continued to recognise and support the enormous contribution volunteers made to keeping people safe and reducing vulnerability.”
The afternoon was filled with speeches, presentations, a quiz and of course sandwiches and cakes. It was an enjoyable afternoon and positive feedback received from volunteers has proved what a superb event it was.
Northamptonshire Police have had a busy week of events for Volunteers Week, including:
Afternoon Tea – Volunteers enjoyed Sandwiches and lots of Cake on the back lawn at FHQ. The Northants Police Pipe Band, who are also volunteers, played to others whilst everyone enjoyed listening. It was lovely to see the children and adults enjoying the garden games such as Connect Four and Jenga. PCC Stephen Mold came along and talked with each family. The feedback was very positive from the event and they look forward to the next one!
Towcester Volunteer open day – Various departments came together to promote Volunteering and provide crime prevention advice to the Towcester communities. We launched Towcester Street Watch and they were handing out leaflets across the town to promote themselves. Towcester enjoyed seeing 4 of our Volunteer on horseback and two street watch members walk around the streets engaging with the public.
Sponsored ride – 39 Riders attended Castle Ashby throughout the day to ride the 6 mile course and raise money for the Northants Fire Animal Rescue Unit. This was an idea from the VOH scheme, and on the day members of the public took part as well as some of the VOH. The Northants Fire Animal Rescue unit attended to show riders the equipment they use and talk to them about how they rescue animals. All riders were given a rosette to congratulate them on completion of the ride. PCC Stephen Mold attended and talked to riders and the unit. In total they raised £1028.34, which is an amazing achievement. Riders would like to see more rides in the future.
Meet the Chief – a number of volunteers attended meet the chief and were awarded certificates for their personal outstanding contribution. This included identifying expensive stolen property whilst out on duty, providing intelligence that identified a drug user area, longest serving volunteer and highest number of hours contributed, amongst other achievements. Volunteers remarked how thankful they were and overwhelmed in being recognised as they had not been thanked in this way before.
Warwickshire and West Mercia
On Saturday 9 June, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police welcomed over 100 of their volunteers to a one day conference at Hindlip Hall to round off National Volunteering Week, celebrating and paying tribute to all of their amazing volunteers who give up so much of their valuable time.
The volunteers who attended this event include Special Constables, Police Cadets, Police Support Volunteers, IAG Members, OPCC volunteers and members of the Executive Committees for Warwickshire and West Mercia Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by Phillip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
The agenda for the day was jam-packed full of useful sessions to assist them with their volunteering including a talk from Worcester University about forensic crime scene investigations, a presentation on use of tasers, discussions around the future of Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police’s Citizens in Policing Programme and more specifically the importance of diversity, a public order talk and demonstration by some of our West Mercia Police Cadets, an introduction to the Prevent Programme, and a session around business and rural crime initiatives.
The day was finished with a talk about the benefits of volunteering and finally a closing address from Assistant Chief Constable Richard Moore, Warwickshire Police.
Sian Battle-Welch, Citizens in Policing Programme Manager said: “We were really excited to welcome so many volunteers to Hindlip Hall for a day of invaluable learning and guidance. Our Police Support Volunteers and Special Constables have contributed 149,364.75 hours across the Alliance in 2017/2018. This is just a fraction of the overall voluntary contribution made by all volunteers who work within or support Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.”
“A special thanks goes to all of those participating in delivering talks and interactive sessions to ensure our volunteers got the most out of this fantastic event.”
Thanks to all the forces who have sent in photos and stories for National Volunteers’ Week 2018, it has been a great to see all the different activities and opportunities to show appreciation towards volunteers, and we hope all those who have organised and attended these events have enjoyed themselves. We are already looking forward to National Volunteers’ Week 2019 as an extra opportunity to thank our volunteers for the time, effort and contribution they put in as Citizens in Policing.