Barnet Cadet Leader on 'This Morning'

08 January 2013

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On Tuesday 8 January, the Met's Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) appeared on ITV1's This Morning show as part of their 'You Can Be Heroes' volunteering week. Dale Robinson, a cadet leader at Barnet, explained the benefits of the scheme, Youth United, which is aimed to develop opportunities and put young people on a ladder to success.

Youth United is a network of the UK's largest and most established voluntary and volunteering youth organisations. It was established by HRH The Prince of Wales and is supported by The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

The scheme enables youths to get involved in range of scenarios whereby they deal with emergency service situations, from recovering casualties from a road traffic collision, to fire rescue and being shown first aid.

Members of Youth United include the Voluntary Police Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Fire Cadets, St John Ambulance, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guiding UK, Girls' Brigade and Boys' Brigade.

Working together, they aim to:

" Increase the number of adult volunteers supporting member organisations
" Increase opportunities for young people to be viewed positively and as active citizens contributing to society
" Attract funding and make better use of resources

Dale Robinson, a former special constable at Barnet said: "I was involved in a few arrests of young people, and it broke my heart, I felt that this is not what I really want to be doing.

"Shortly after I heard about the VPC and saw that I could have an influence on youngsters to prevent them getting into crime rather than having to arrest them.

"One youngster said to me: "if it wasn't for VPC I could be in jail or dead".

"The satisfaction you get is priceless, money can't buy it."

To find out about volunteering with Youth United, please click here.

For further information about the Met's Volunteer Police Cadets please click here.