Are you looking for a fulfilling and interesting volunteer role in Dorset? Would you like to help us to support over 3,500 people each year? Here you can find out more about the varied volunteer opportunities available at Dorset Advocacy.
All of our Appropriate Adults are volunteers. They help people in custody to understand the process and ensure their rights are respected.
As a volunteer Appropriate Adult, you’ll attend police custody suites when an adult with learning disabilities, cognitive impairment or a mental health issue is taken in for questioning.
You’ll offer support at this crucial time, ensuring the individual understands what is asked of them, is treated well, and is not put under duress during the interview process. You’ll also help them understand the outcome of their time in custody. Appropriate adults don’t give legal or any other advice.
Following the interview, you’ll check in with a phone coordinator.
When you volunteer as an Appropriate Adult, you’ll receive one full day of training. You’ll also shadow experienced Appropriate Adults before you take on your own cases.
Where and when
You’ll cover shifts on a monthly rota, for Weymouth and/or Bournemouth custody suite. We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one shift (6 hours) per week.
(Appropriate Adults are not always called out during their shift and rarely for longer than 2-3 hours).
We also ask that you can attend occasional training.
We are actively seeking trustees. As a trustee, you’ll bring strategic oversight to the running of Dorset Advocacy. Read more about becoming a trustee for Dorset Advocacy.