Police call: Rolling out youth volunteer scheme

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong, Area Commander for Falkirk Area Command
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong, Area Commander for Falkirk Area Command

I’m delighted to announce the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) has been established in Falkirk and we are currently recruiting for youth and adult volunteers.

The PSYV is designed to provide a safe environment in which young people can learn as individuals, develop positive relationships with the police and actively support their community. The aim is to prepare young people for their future by providing varied activities and opportunities to develop qualifications, enhance inter-personal skills and confidence and achieve a sense of pride through volunteering in their communities whilst supporting local policing priorities.

Each PSYV group consists of 24 young people aged between 13 and 17 who give up their time to volunteer in their communities.

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As a youth volunteer, you are expected to complete the PSYV initial training programme which will prepare you for attending local and national volunteering events. This training and subsequent local sessions will take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis. During these sessions, youth volunteers will take part in additional training and educational input from the police and partner agencies.

To become a youth volunteer, you must be aged between 13 and 15 and be able to dedicate a minimum of three hours per month for volunteering events.

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The PSYV is heavily reliant on the goodwill of adult volunteers who give up their time to support their local group and assist with supervision of the youth volunteers at local sessions and volunteering events. I’m looking for adult volunteers who think they could help. You must be at least 18 years of age and be able to dedicate a minimum of three hours per month.

If you’re interested there is more information on the Police Scotland website and Forth Valley Police Division Facebook page.