The Safer Croydon Partnership is celebrating Volunteers’ Week by seeking more people to support two key services.
Croydon Council’s trading standards department (TS) is looking for young people, aged between 14 and 16, to volunteer as test purchasers for age-restricted products (parental consent must be given for this work).
This involves a young person (under strictly controlled conditions) trying to buy knives, alcohol, cigarettes and fireworks from shops in the borough to test that retailers are not breaking the law.
It is a criminal offence for a business to sell an age restricted product to a person under the legal age limit.
To find out more about the TS volunteer role go to www.croydon.gov.uk/tstandards-volunteers, email email@example.com or call 020 8407 1311.
The FJC works to support people who are affected by domestic abuse, and needs more people, aged 21 and over, to sign up for its Volunteers’ Project.
The project, which started in January, has already trained 28 people to help those experiencing abuse
This training includes helping people to achieve change in their lives by giving emotional and practical support, working to help them feel less isolated, and encouraging them to seek advice from health, housing and financial services, children’s centres and support groups.
Volunteers must offer a minimum of two hours each week.
For further details on the FJC work, including training dates, please contact volunteer coordinator, Emma Osbourne by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“Volunteers’ Week is all about celebrating volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes to our communities.
“We have a huge voluntary sector, dependent on hundreds of dedicated residents who give so much of themselves for the benefit of all of us. I know there are so many more residents who want to do more but who don’t always know what they could do.
“Here we’re highlighting two examples which are key issues for our borough in keeping our community safe, and I would encourage more people to please come forward.”