90-year-old continues to visit Sheffield’s prison cells

A 91-year-old woman recently found herself being praised in The Guardian after a journalist heard of how she is still continuing to help the community. Vera Miles has spent the last 21 years volunteering as an independent custody visitor and even now remains in charge of 14 other volunteers.the bars in a prison

Suspects who are held in custody in police cells are paid a visit by independent custody visitors, people who arrive unannounced at police stations to make sure that the welfare of detainees is looked after.

Although Vera undertakes the visits only a couple of times a month, she instead plays a more crucial role in organising the visits of the other volunteers, including drawing up a rota, dealing with problems that her team bring up and makes sure that the volunteers are fully briefed on what they need to be checking.

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