Mike Hector - Appropriate Adult Volunteer

I have been an Appropriate Adult for six years and still continue to enjoy it.

The reason I chose to do the role originally was because I wanted to learn more about young people in crisis to help me in my full time day job. The role has grown to involve adults with learning difficulties and/or mental health problems and that covers a huge selection of people.

By nature, I am very open-minded, but this has shown me a lot of the situations and issues that affect all of us. I have also learnt a great deal more about the police, who I now view with an even greater respect and understanding.

Although there are only a limited number of offences, I have never worked with two call outs that were the same so there's always something to learn.

Most importantly, I am confident that I have made life a little easier for a lot of people who are going through a very stressful time, irrespective of guilt. The only negative is that you realise most TV dramas are absolutely nothing like real life!

Find out more information on becoming an Appropriate Adult Volunteer and apply here.