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Matt's volunteer story

Matt Kerr from Lancashire Constabulary won the Shoulder to Shoulder award at the Police Care UK volunteer awards 2018. Below he tells his story.

One of the best aspects of being a volunteer is it allows you to speak up for people who would not otherwise have a voice.

Since becoming a support volunteer two years ago, I have visited people in their homes and done my best to answer their worries and concerns. It’s been a very humbling experience and something that I’ve really treasured. I am lucky enough to have been physically and emotionally healthy throughout my life and seeing others who have been less fortunate really puts things into perspective.

I come from a policing background and have spent over 10 years as a Sergeant with Lancashire Constabulary. It’s a job that I absolutely love, but, as you would expect, it comes with its fair share of challenges since you are dealing with people from all walks of life. It is easy to become cynical, but you must work hard and remember that they do not represent most of the population.

As a police officer, there’s always a satisfying feeling when justice is done – particularly when it takes a long time to get there. I’ve always remembered one individual who was finally convicted after four trials. The hard work of my team had paid off and its occasions like that that really test your commitment to the job.

I first became aware of Police Care UK after seeing a notice at work for volunteers and decided to apply. Two years on I am still here and really enjoy it.

I admit I was genuinely surprised when I first heard I was nominated for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder award as I did not feel I had done enough to warrant it. I never set out on the volunteering trail to win awards, but I am delighted that my work has helped people.

When I am not volunteering or policing, I love spending time with my family and I also breed pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef cattle on a small farm I own with my wife.

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