Portishead cadet leader urges more volunteers to join Avon and Somerset Constabulary

PUBLISHED: 13:05 13 June 2018

Merve Ulu. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Merve Ulu. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

‘Everyone has something to offer’ says a Portishead cadet leader as Avon and Somerset police look for more volunteers to join their ranks.

Merve Ulu. Merve Ulu.

Mervé Ulu has worked with the police cadets for more than five months and has joined the constabulary’s call for more cadet leaders and volunteers to join the force and make the district a safer place.

In her role, Mervé takes part in community engagement events, supports the cadets in training through workshops and one-to-ones and assists the head cadet leader.

She said: “I got involved because I previously volunteered for the Black Police Association and I enjoyed engaging with members of the public through job and advice fairs.

“In particular I enjoyed engaging with young people and offering support and advice in terms of career development.”

The force’s plea for more volunteers coincides with national volunteers week, which ran until Thursday.

The seven-day event gives employers, charities and other organisations the opportunity to celebrate their volunteers and to thank them for all their hardwork and dedication.

The force has around 800 people giving up their time for free to help it to operate through the cadets, police support volunteers and Special Constabulary.

Mervé said her time volunteering with the police has also helped her develop her inter-personal and presentation skills and has given her confidence.

She added: “I would absolutely encourage other people to become a cadet leader. I believe everyone has something to offer and I find in our team everyone has their own speciality whether it may be running an athletics session or a first aid session.

“It helps to make a positive impact on young people’s lives and help them build their confidence and pursue their career aspirations whether that is joining the police or doing something else.

“The ideal cadet leader would be someone who is approachable, has good listening skills, leadership skills and can be supportive and encouraging to the cadets.”

If you would like to join the force as a volunteer, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/volunteers

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