Mark Hallas, Crimestoppers Chief Executive, explains why volunteers breathe life into Crimestoppers mission and work in communities across the UK.
Crimestoppers plays a vital role in helping to keep our communities safe. But itâ€™s our volunteers on the ground and in the counties who are the eyes, ears and loyal supporters with direct connections in the communities we serve.
Over the past few years Iâ€™ve lost count of the number of times Iâ€™ve met our volunteers and have been deeply impressed with their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to making our streets and communities safer.
From Cornwall to Inverness, our hundreds of volunteers shore up Crimestoppersâ€™ ability to help and support even more people. The praise they receive is richly deserved. Whilst some have been with us for decades, more recent volunteer recruits know equally well the tough challenges we all face in changing times.
We know that our volunteer groups come from a wide and diverse range of people and we are extremely grateful that they share their skills, knowledge, experience â€“ and of course time â€“ to help improve our service.
The reasons why people roll up their sleeves and throw themselves into volunteering vary in some cases, itâ€™s having a special affinity in tackling the serious issues that damage society from domestic violence to burglary and fraud. For others, itâ€™s simply being able to use their marketing, networking or social media skills to help catch criminals. But one thing unites them: they all want to make their communities safer places to live.
So with summer in the air and as we finish marking Volunteer Week, Iâ€™d like to say a huge thank you to all who volunteer for us at Crimestoppers. Itâ€™s hugely appreciated.
It would be hard to achieve our success at Crimestoppers without our teams of volunteers going the extra mile.
Volunteers are at the heart of Crimestoppers: their engagement, enthusiasm and above all else, commitment, makes a vital and indeed essential contribution.
Inspired to get involved? Find out more about current volunteering roles at Crimestoppers.