Students were honoured with a fourth award for their Appropriate Adult Scheme at the Smile Foundation’s Volunteering Award ceremony, which took place this week (Wednesday 16 October) at the Hilton Hotel.
The Appropriate Adult Scheme, facilitated by Hull University Social Services Organisation (HUSSO) at Hull University Union, works alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and allows students to act as Appropriate Adults when needed by Humberside Police.
The role of an Appropriate Adult is to be present in interviews with a vulnerable adult who is being questioned by police to protect their interests, support and advise them.
The project started in October 2018 with a trial group of nine students and now more than 70 students, from all areas of study at the University of Hull, take part. The scheme is the second project of its kind in the country and Hull University Union is the only Students’ Union to offer this opportunity to students.
Chloe Crooks, third-year law student at the University of Hull, is the Student-Lead for the scheme and won the most recent award for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the scheme.
She said: “I am delighted that I have won this award – it is nice to know my work as project leader doesn’t go missed, but of course I couldn’t do it without the volunteers, HUSSO, Hull University Union staff and the Humberside Police.
“As a law student, I decided to get involved with this project to increase my legal experience. I believe in a just and fair society and wanted to help these vulnerable people in custody who need our help.”
The latest award is the third prize Chloe has won individually, heading up the scheme. The project has a whole was also awarded the ‘Project Volunteer Award’ at the Yorkshire Women Volunteer Awards last year.