SUPPORTER OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have some spare time? Do you want to give something back to your community? Is justice important to you and do you like to see fair play?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above you may want to become an Appropriate Adult.
The Appropriate Adult Service offers support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in Police custody. Being an Appropriate Adult is a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding role. The service SAAVS offer is 24 hour 365 days per year and each volunteer owns a regular weekly slot of between 6 and 8 hours attending one of the three custody suites in Surrey which are in Guildford, Staines or Salfords. Support is always available from other members of your team and mentors should you require advice or guidance at any time.
What will be expected of me?
You don’t need previous knowledge of legal procedures or social work. The role of the Appropriate Adult is not to provide legal advice but to offer impartial support and be a friendly face in the absence of a family member or carer to people who may be feeling frightened, bewildered, and confused in an unfamiliar situation. As an Appropriate Adult you’ll join our team of volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. You will be available to answer a call to custody in a swift and professional manner and have access to reliable transport. You will offer vital support to those who need it when they need it most.
What sort of person becomes an Appropriate Adult?
All sorts of people become Appropriate Adults and bring different skills to the team. Two things they all have in common is an ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and a non-judgemental attitude. Our training programme is extensive and we would therefore hope for a commitment from you of at least 9 months.
What's in it for me
You will be working with a friendly team of people in an interesting environment. All travel expenses are paid.
To join our team of unsung heroes
Complete the short online application form by clicking on the application form button and we will be in touch with you shortly.
Our introductory two-day training sessions for new volunteers are planned for:
14th and 21st March 2020
20th and 27th June 2020
3rd and 10th October 2020