Clacton volunteer Yvonne Weinling named a Point of Light by David Cameron
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A Clacton woman named the town’s “fourth emergency service” has been named a Point of Light by the Prime Minister.
Yvonne Weinling has spent the last 11 years volunteering for the Essex Appropriate Adults Service at Clacton police station, supporting young and vulnerable people in custody.
In her role Yvonne, 68, steps in at short notice any time from 7am until 9pm, though she is often there well beyond midnight, when there is no parent or family member around to support them – only taking Christmas Day and Boxing Day off.
She has been praised by David Cameron and given a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers.
Mr Cameron said: “For more than a decade Yvonne has provided advice, support and care to hundreds of young and vulnerable people in custody.
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“Often at short notice and late at night, her dedication makes an incredible contribution to her community supporting the work of the police and making sure that young people never feel alone or unable to cope.
“I am very pleased to recognise Yvonne’s service by making her a Point of Light.”
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Dave Beverley, a custody sergeant at Clacton Police station, added: “We see Yvonne as the fourth emergency service and key member of our custody team.
“Her dedication and commitment is invaluable and she is available around the clock, regularly working into the night, to support young and vulnerable people.”
Yvonne said: “I’m really pleased to have received this award.
“It’s something I love to do, and when I see some of the young juveniles I’ve helped in the past out and about in the community, they often acknowledge me, and I know they’re thankful for the help I gave them at the time when they most needed it.
“I will carry on as long as I can. I am so proud of what I do.”