Staff winner

Kirsty Keywood, School of Law

Between 2010 and 2014 Kirsty served as a volunteer appropriate adult to the Greater Manchester Police Authority (now the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office).  In this role she was called out to police stations to provide independent support to young people and adults who have mental health problems and learning disabilities while detained in custody. This role ensures that vulnerable people who are arrested has someone to support and advise them and to ensure that they understand their rights.

Kirsty is currently working with Manchester People First.  She has supported them to manage a range of situations, providing legal advice and guidance which has allowed the organisation to manage some difficult situations.  She is now working with them to set up an advice clinic for service users in order to ensure their client group have the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives.