Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Why did I volunteer for Missing People?

As Volunteer Week nears the midway point, another Missing People Volunteer shares their perspective on working for the charity, this time in a social media-based role.

"I have always had a desire to help people. Having learnt of some of the fantastic work that Missing People do for individuals who have gone missing and their families, I was inspired to become involved and dedicate some of my spare time to supporting the cause.

"Previously, I volunteered for just over 5 years as a Special Constable, averaging a commitment of around 1200 hours per year on top of a day job.  After then joining the police full time, I noticed that I had a lot of spare time on my hands so I naturally decided to continue volunteering. I specifically chose Missing People as the charity to volunteer for because I believe that working here will help deepen my understanding of the plight of those that go missing and their families; I believe this understanding will help to inform my professional career, particularly when dealing with people affected by the missing issue.

"I chose to become a Social Media Volunteer at Missing People because I know that social networking sites play a huge part in peoples’ lives these days.  I understand that social media is a very useful and powerful communication tool. As I don’t avidly use social networking sites in my personal life, I am keen to learn and develop skills in this area and perhaps use them in my professional life.

"I’ve only been here a few weeks but I feel that my efforts are valued by the team and I’m keen to continue to contribute the hours!"

Social Media Volunteer.

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Someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

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