Lincolnshire Police looking for special ones

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HELPING HAND: A monthly look at volunteering by Sarah Turner

Did you love Rookies, the ITV behind- the-scenes documentary with Lincolnshire Police? Always wanted to know what it’s like to walk in a police constable’s shoes?

Here’s your chance. Lincolnshire Police is looking for Special Constables (volunteer police officers).

Special Constables have the same powers as regular officers and receive initial and ongoing training to undertake the role. They are involved in a wide range of policing activities such as patrolling, conducting inquiries, assisting at scenes of accidents, safeguarding the public and taking part in crime prevention initiatives.

You will need to be reasonably fit, in good health, honest, resilient, an excellent team player and have at least four hours per week to spare.

A new round of training sessions for those who wish to volunteer with Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in South Holland begins next month (September). The CAB provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to all.

Make the world a little friendlier. Spend a day or a weekend with an adult international student, learning about their culture, showing them your local area and inviting them to experience your own home life.

Volunteer hosts invite students to visit for a day or a weekend so the student can experience ‘real’ Britain, away from university and heavy tourism.

Hosts benefit by meeting new people and learning about diverse cultures from around the world. There are no specific expectations from a host visit, other than the student should be made to feel part of your family for the short time.

Hosts can show their local area, visit friends, attend local events or just spend time chatting. This is not a tourism opportunity for the student and hosts are not expected to act as tour-guides. If you’d like to enjoy an unusual and rewarding activity, meet new people and ‘explore’ the world without leaving your sofa, contact LCVS to find out more .

Age UK is still desperately seeking mini-bus drivers to pick up and drop off a maximum of 12 passengers from the local area for day care sessions in Spalding. Only a normal driving licence is needed, MIDAS training will be given and there will be an escort on the mini-bus with you.

To find out more about any of the roles above or any of the other 200 plus opportunities available from the South Holland Volunteer Centre call 01775 718008 or e-mail spalding.v@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk