Volunteering Opportunity: Appropriate Adult

Suitable for volunteers interested in: Ex-offenders, Mental Health, Young people, Justice

Opportunity activities: Legal work, Providing advice

Description: Volunteer Appropriate Adults help young people and vulnerable adults who are in a custody centre. Many of the individuals you may meet may have mental health issues. This is done through making contact with the adult or young person, checking they understand their rights, supporting them during interview and during the immediate outcome, and checking the custody record. Volunteers may also be present for other procedures such as identity parades, fingerprint searches, DNA sampling and photographing. They may also converse privately with detainees and call for medical assessment if necessary. Volunteers need to commit to a six hour slot in a week and it would be useful if they could cover at least two out of the main police stations in Surrey.The stations being Guildford, Salfords and Staines .Therefore your own transport may be necessary.We are looking for volunteers who can offer us a long term commitment. Training and on-going support provided.

What is the organisation looking for?
No formal qualifications are required We are looking for people who have time to offer to the scheme, who are flexible and ideally have their own transport and who have a mature outlook. Volunteers will need to have life skills, be non-judgemental and clear thinking with the ability to remain emotionally detached. Volunteers must be over 18.

Practical considerations:
Directions: Visits will be to one of the four custody centres in Surrey. SAAVs is based at Dean House Farm in Dorking. RH5 5DL.


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