Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) will soon launch their newest group in the Western Isles and applications are now being sought for new members.
The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the Police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.
They promote a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship.
The programme is open to all young people aged between 13 – 15, which allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.
Each PSYV group is coordinated by a Police Officer. In most cases the officer will carry out this role secondary to their full time position which can vary from Response Officer to Community Officer / Community Safety.
The coordinator is supported by a team of Adult Volunteers who come from all walks of life. Over Scotland we have adult volunteers who are teachers, Special Constables, support workers, Veterinary Assistants, Communication workers… the list is too big to complete.
PSYV have volunteered at some excellent events across Scotland, including the Commonwealth Games, T in The Park, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, local charity runs and more.
In the Western Isles, Police are looking to recruit 10 adult volunteers, who can commit to 3 hours a month to assist with the running of the programme.
In addition the Police are looking for 24 young people, between the ages of 13-15 to take part in the scheme.
More information can be obtained by visiting the Police Scotland website, the PSYV Facebook page and the PSYV You Tube Channel.