How tragic loss in­spired widow to give back to po­lice

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­line.co.uk 07790 591150

“VOL­UN­TEER­ING lets me give back to the peo­ple who never turned their backs on me when I needed them.”

These are the words of Sioned Davies-Darby from Llanelli, who has devoted a day a week to vol­un­teer­ing with Dyfed-Powys Po­lice since the death of her hus­band two years ago.

Sioned – who works full time around her vol­un­teer role – ex­plained that for her, giv­ing up time to the force gave her a pur­pose while she was griev­ing. And she has gained so much from her un­paid work that she doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.

Sioned pre­vi­ously worked for the po­lice force as a paid mem­ber of staff in cater­ing, but left to care for her hus­band Chris­tian in 2017. When he died, aged 49, she made the de­ci­sion to of­fer her time as a vol­un­teer.

Her first po­si­tion was in the learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment, where Chris­tian had worked as a train­ing po­lice of­fi­cer.

Speak­ing as part of Volunteers Week, Sioned said: “I had never vol­un­teered be­fore, but the role in learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment gave me a pur­pose to get up in the morn­ing, and a rea­son to get out of the house. It saved me from slip­ping deeper into de­pres­sion.

“Through vol­un­teer­ing, I feel I am giv­ing back some­thing to the peo­ple who never turned their back on me when I needed them.”

When she needed a fresh chal­lenge, Sioned moved to the Crime and Harm Reduction Unit (CAHRU), where she spends one day each week. Since join­ing the team, she has also re­turned to her full-time job, but is keen to keep giv­ing back to the po­lice.

“I un­der­take a va­ri­ety of tasks, which vary from at­tend­ing train­ing days to or­gan­is­ing launch events,” she said.

“As well as of­fice-based du­ties, I have been out and about within the force area help­ing with crime pre­ven­tion and also of­fi­cer train­ing.

“I’ve also gone back to work­ing full-time, five days a week and do up to eight hours of vol­un­teer­ing a week on one of my days off. Work­ing within CAHRU makes me feel that I be­long to a valu­able team and that I am ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice cur­rently has a team of volunteers, plus spe­cial con­sta­bles and cadets, who all give up a max­i­mum of eight hours a week to the force. Their roles range from chap­laincy and coun­selling, to ad­min­is­tra­tion and vic­tim and wit­ness com­mu­nity sup­port.

Cit­i­zens in Policing co­or­di­na­tor Adele Jones said: “Our volunteers bring so much to DyfedPowys Po­lice – they are en­thu­si­as­tic, ded­i­cated and bring knowl­edge from their lives out­side policing that we can learn from.”

She added: “In ex­change, we pro­vide new skills and experience­s for our volunteers, who might be look­ing to ap­ply for em­ploy­ment in the fu­ture, tak­ing a ca­reer break or who are sim­ply look­ing to give back to their com­mu­nity.

“I would like to thank Sioned – and all our volunteers – for their time and ded­i­ca­tion.”

To find out more about vol­un­teer­ing for DyfedPowys Po­lice, email [email protected] pnn.po­lice.uk or phone Cit­i­zens in Policing co­or­di­na­tor Adele Jones on 01267 226463.

Sioned Davies-Darby, who has devoted a day a week to vol­un­teer­ing with Dyfed-Powys Po­lice since the death of her hus­band Chris­tian in 2017.

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