On Giving Tuesday, the day to do good stuff for charity, we’re grateful for all contributions, not just financial ones.
For instance, we have over 600 volunteers across the whole of the UK, who kindly give us their time. This helps us with our crime prevention campaigns, and to raise the awareness of Crimestoppers across the country.
Harriette Dottridge, our Volunteer of the Year for 2016, first joined West Country Crimestoppers Committee when she became co-ordinator for Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) about 13 years ago. It seemed obvious that NHW members might need to use Crimestoppers to pass on information anonymously, so working between the two charities seemed a natural fit.
She truly believes that living in an active community helps everyone feel safer:
“I’ve enjoyed being part of our local Crimestoppers team who successfully run fantastic fundraising events, spreading the Crimestoppers message, as well as engaging hard-to-reach communities in schools in Bristol through our ‘What would you do?’ programmes.”
Passionate about supporting her community, Harriette has also been involved in organising annual litter clean-ups, reporting fly-tipping and drug-dealing, plus supporting the local church, community association, hall committee and has even been a Parish Councillor.
When Harriette retired she found that she had more time and saw that some older people felt isolated, so she started Craft Days in the local hall where people could come for the day, have a hot, homemade meal, bring their handicraft and have the chance to share or learn something new with others.
“The team of enthusiastic and dedicated Crimestoppers volunteers is a joy to work with and we have fun and, through a good partnership with the local police, see great results.”