Lifewise Volunteer Brian Scott has an article in the Volunteering Matters newsletter, giving details of the volunteering work he has been involved with during his time volunteering.

The article is below:

 

Brian Scott , who is 75 years of age, has been a volunteer with South Yorkshire Police for the last 6 years, and volunteers in two different roles: Lifewise Volunteer and Coroners Court Usher Volunteer.

Brian, originally from Halifax, was an engineer by trade between the ages of 15 -65 and worked for a number of organisations before moving to Doncaster due to the re-location of the company he was working for at the time. He retired at the age of 65 and ran his own taxi company for a few years before deciding to become a volunteer.

Of his motivation to volunteer, Brian says “I really enjoy being with people and missed the camaraderie of office life that I had when I was working”. Brian currently volunteers one day a week for Doncaster Coroners Court, a role brokered by South Yorkshire Police, where he carries out Court Usher duties. This involves getting the families prepared on arrival at Court and assisting the Coroner by reading witness statements. “I really enjoy the responsibility that this role brings, particularly working in an office environment where I am able to interact with colleagues”.

Additionally, Brian volunteers each week at the Lifewise Centre. Featuring a purpose built set; Lifewise is an interactive safety centre for South Yorkshire communities, developed in partnership by the Community Safety Departments of both South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. The centre is used to educate visitors about safety and citizenship
with the ultimate aim of reducing crime and improving quality of life.

The Lifewise Centre works with different vulnerable groups and delivers inputs around:
• Road safety
• Fire safety
• Personal safety
• Online safety
• Anti-bullying awareness
• Drug and alcohol awareness
• Cycle safety
• Targeted intervention
• Mobility scooter safety
As a Lifewise Volunteer, Brian’s role is to meet and greet visitors to the centre, assist with hospitality and be on hand to ensure that the various events run smoothly. Brian’s favourite events are our regular “Get Lifewise” sessions, which are aimed at keeping the older generation safe, and cover topics such as distraction burglary and rogue traders.

“I love volunteering at the older people’s events– and not just because I am older than most of the attendees! I get involved in the scenarios as a role-play actor and play the part of a victim in an online scam. The audience enjoy it and learn a lot, plus we get great feedback”.

Despite being a busy volunteer, Brian still finds time to go on walks into Derbyshire, as a member of Barnsley Mountaineering Club. He has also completed an Open University degree in psychology since retiring, simply to learn something completely new.

South Yorkshire Police Project Officer Lisa Porter, who co-ordinates volunteer activity tells us “Brian is a reliable, dedicated volunteer and a welcome addition to the team at Lifewise. He always has a smile on his face and his calm, unflappable manner ensures that things always run smoothly. I cannot thank Brian enough for all that he does.”

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