The Surrey Appropriate Adult Volunteer Service exists to offer support to young and vulnerable people in police custody. It operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
Established in 1994, this pioneering service reaches out to the most vulnerable people at the time of their greatest need, sometimes when they have been rejected by their own families, friends or carers. The mainstay of the service is the committed and dedicated team of volunteers throughout Surrey who willingly give their time. They cover the three Surrey police custody centres: Guildford, Salfords and Staines and attend around a twelve hundred calls per year – in fact to date they have helped well over 25,000 vulnerable people in police custody.
The Service, commissioned through the Youth Justice Service and the Families Directorate Adult Services of Surrey County Council, is formed as a partnership project of the Community Engagement Team of the Diocese of Guildford.