TEAM leaders of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV), a Scotland wide initiative to encourage good citizenship and adventure, have been recognised for their efforts by Chief Superintendent Andy Bates.
The adult volunteers received a Divisional Commanders Recognition Award for leading the PSYV Glasgow pilot programme which sees 24 Youth Volunteers from the north of Glasgow giving up their own time to help their community.
The PSYV programme aims to inspire young people to contribute positively to their local community. Through taking part, the young people gain confidence and develop leadership skills which they may not experience anywhere else.
In return they will give a lot back, not least to their community. PSYV have been involved in lots of volunteering opportunities within Glasgow including the Afternoon SafeTea Dances with ng homes, the Moira Jones Charity Run, Firework Displays, Police ‘Choices For Life’ Information Days, an
Anti Sectarianism initiative and much more. Clare Bird, a volunteer with PSYV who also works for ng2 in North Glasgow said: “The reason I’m involved in the PSYV is that I fully support their aims. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a young person gain confidence, learn new skills and play an important part in their community and I am keen to see how we can integrate the aims of the PSYV into the work we do in North Glasgow.”
Chairperson of ng2 Margaret Thomson said: “We are delighted that Police Scotland have presented Clare and her fellow volunteers with a Recognition award for their hard work, its richly deserved.”
As well as volunteering with various community groups, the Youth Volunteers made a great contribution throughout the Commonwealth Games helping the public at most of the venues. Earlier this year the youths were thrilled to be awarded with a Glasgow Community Champion Award.
They will also be volunteering at the forthcoming Wickerman Music Festival and The Open Golf Championship.
Chief Superintendent Andy Bates said “The PSYV Pilot programme has been a great success and that is down to the commitment and dedication from the team of adult volunteers who take time out of their own lives to support our youngsters”
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