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Celebrating diversity and inclusivity during National Volunteers' Week

This week we continue to recognise and celebrate West Mercia Police volunteers during National Volunteers' Week which runs from 1 to 7 June, while highlighting some of the great work undertaken by a diverse range of volunteers.

West Mercia Police has coordinated and led a number of projects locally that seek to offer inclusive and accessible volunteering opportunities to people with learning disabilities. These projects have since gained support and funding from Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

One project has seen students from Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove dedicate their Friday afternoons to washing their local Safer Neighbourhood Team's marked police cars to ensure they are fit (and clean!) to go out on patrol. This has saved local officers an enormous amount of time so that they can focus on policing their local areas, tackling crime and protecting people from harm.

Another project has seen students from Severndale Specialist Academy in Shrewsbury undertake some fantastic gardening work on Tuesday afternoons to the outside space of Monkmoor Police Station in Shropshire. Students have come up with and implemented creative ideas for the garden including planting wildflowers and sunflowers in a bid to make the area a more pleasant environment for officers and staff based there.

Meanwhile the Where Next? Project in Redditch has seen volunteers help with packing essential 'We Don't Buy Crime' packs for their local communities and improving the outside space at Redditch police station. The charity won a Disability Action Redditch Award for their innovative approach.

Citizens in Policing Lead, Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell from West Mercia Police, said: "We welcome projects such as these and are grateful to all those involved who have not only worked so hard and dedicated so much time to both the force and the communities we serve but also taken great pride in the work they have undertaken.

"Projects such as these are incredibly important and demonstrate how our volunteers all have a contribution to make to local policing teams across West Mercia, providing those vital links between police and their local communities.

"Ensuring volunteering is inclusive and accessible to all is a priority for the force and we hope to roll out even more opportunities such as these going forward."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "As Commissioner I want volunteering to be accessible to all, and it's pleasing to see how such a diverse range of volunteer projects are connecting communities to policing and policing to communities. I am thankful to everyone who has contributed."

Posted at: 2.10pm, Wednesday, 5 June, by LK, Corporate Communications

Published 05/06/19