Kids’ scheme rolled out

Launch of Derbyshire Volunteer Passport with Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People and Matt Ford children and Younger Adults Voluntry Community and Independent Sector Coordinator.
Launch of Derbyshire Volunteer Passport with Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People and Matt Ford children and Younger Adults Voluntry Community and Independent Sector Coordinator.

A SUCCESSFUL children’s volunteer scheme has been rolled out across the county.

The Derbyshire Volunteer Passport Scheme trains volunteers so they are equipped with the skills needed to work with children and young people.

Launched as a pilot project two years ago, the initiative has been extended countywide in a bid to support and recognise the efforts of the area’s “excellent volunteers”.

It was developed by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with the voluntary, community and independent sector.

Volunteers are offered five three-hour training sessions covering topics including first aid, health and safety and consulting with young people.

Successful volunteers receive a badge and accreditation recognised by Derbyshire Children’s Trust which is made up of a number of organisations.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “We are proud to work alongside excellent volunteers throughout the county as they help us support children and families.

“Our voluntary partners help us provide vital support across the county and we wanted to support and recognise these efforts.”

The scheme has helped train 200 volunteers, with 24 clinching employment and scores more progressing into other training.

Now it has been extended, 500 more volunteers will benefit countywide.

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