To celebrate Volunteersâ€™ Week 2016, we asked our volunteers to tell us why they volunteered with Crimestoppers.Here are just two of their stories:
Monica â€“ West Mercia CrimestoppersI have been actively involved as a volunteer with Crimestoppers for a couple of years now and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I volunteer with West Mercia Crimestoppers. We have a fantastic team of volunteers.
I have a special interest in any campaigns involving Domestic Abuse and a few months after joining Crimestoppers, I became the Domestic Abuse Lead for the West Mercia Region. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse myself this was a great opportunity to give back in some way. Real life experiences can add the â€œhuman touchâ€ to a campaign. The idea that our campaign could reach other victims was both rewarding and empowering.
Our recent Domestic Abuse Campaign was a real team effort with input from our Chair and volunteers being invaluable. To our delight, our committee won an award this year for â€œMost Effective Campaignâ€ at the Crimestoppers National Conference.
Darren â€“ Gloucestershire CrimestoppersI first became a volunteer with Gloucestershire Crimestoppers nearly 21 years ago and in 2007 I won the first ever National Crimestoppers â€œVolunteer of the Year Awardâ€. When I decided to set up my own business in 2010, I continued with my involvement.
We are very fortunate to have an excellent team of people in Gloucestershire with a really good mix of skills, experience and backgrounds. As with anything, the people you work with will always be a key factor.
I love the fact that with Crimestoppers you know that the results of what we do, benefit every aspect of society. I also find the very tangible impact of our results very rewarding and the flexibility of the commitment is ideal for somebody running their own business. As a volunteer there are plenty of opportunities to apply my marketing and PR experience. Last but not least the fact that our activities are focussed entirely on Gloucestershire, my home county, is a very positive factor.
I would wholeheartedly recommend that anybody considering volunteering with Crimestoppers should do so.