Volunteer Roles

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.

When you volunteer with us, you’ll join our team of inspirational and committed volunteers. At the moment, we are particularly looking for Appropriate Adults. We also occasionally have vacancies for Trustees, depending on skills and experience.

Appropriate Adult

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.

Find out more about the Appropriate Adult project.

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.

How do I become a volunteer?

We are looking for Appropriate Adults. Please contact Jenna, our AA Volunteer coordinator. You can call her on 01305 251033 or email jenna@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk. Jenna will talk to you about volunteering and send you application information. When you become an appropriate adult she’ll also support you in your role. We hope you’ll join us, we’ll warmly welcome you into our busy team!