YEP Says, December 3: Give the best gift of all this Christmas – your precious time

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...and families deserve to know the full truth

CHRISTMAS is, they say, a time for showing goodwill to all men. A time of caring and sharing.

So today the YEP is asking our brilliant readers to give the most precious gift of all – the gift of time.

We are calling for volunteers to step up and support organisations across the city as part of our Gift of Time campaign. And there are plenty of ways to get involved.

From activities for young people and offering support to the elderly to doing something for the local environment, the possibilities are endless.

And it doesn’t have to be a lot of time you’re giving up – just one hour a week can make a difference.

Voluntary Action Leeds has more than 500 volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Each week we will share some of them and show just how much of a difference volunteers make to communities right across Leeds.

There are a huge number of wonderful organisations at work in our city that simply wouldn’t be able to keep going if it were not for the help of volunteers.

So if you’ve ever wanted to give something back then this is the ideal opportunity to do it.

We know the build-up to Christmas is a busy one, but this is your chance to do something incredible over the festive season and into 2015.

So if you can spare some time, please do.

Families deserve to know the full truth

THE family of Robert Ward, who died shortly after being held in West Yorkshire Police’s new state-of-the-art custody suite, understandably want to know the full story behind his death.

Similarly, the families of two others who died after being detained at the £34m Elland Road base, Ethaniel Butler and Adam Rice, also deserve to know the truth.

It could be tragic coincidence that there have been three deaths at the site in less than six months, but the Independent Police Complaints Commission is rightly looking into them as part of what must be a thorough investigation on a case by case basis.

And where lessons can be learned, they must be.