Published in Swindon Advertiser - Wednesday 12th June 2013 By Matthew Edwards
SWINDON’S Youth Offending Team is celebrating after receiving an award from the National Council For Voluntary Organisations.
More than 60 volunteers give up their time to help the service, some as young as 10, and they undertake a variety of roles, from providing one-to-one mentoring of young people to helping young people to engage in activities designed to change their behaviour.
The Investing In Volunteers award was given to Swindon YOT after its volunteering service met rigorous standards.
Anne-Marie Zaritsky, the lead assessor for Investing In Volunteers, said: “I am delighted Swindon YOT has become the latest addition to our Achievers’ Club.
“The Investing In Volunteers standard is an independent endorsement and gained after a great deal of hard work.
“And their achievement highlights the commitment the Swindon YOT staff and volunteers have put into the process.”
The award lasts for three years and recognises the role that a local community volunteer plays in supporting professional staff to divert young people from crime and anti-social behaviour.
In addition, young people currently engaged on a unique radio project were also present, honing their skills as editors, technicians and presenters.
Coun Foley, said: “The YOT is a highly motivated set of skilled professionals from different agencies including Children’s Services, the police and probation.
“They encourage and support trained volunteers to work alongside challenging and vulnerable young people.
I am delighted by the contribution of our volunteers.
“This is not only because it reflects a confidence in our public services, but also because it contributes to making Swindon a safer place in which to live and work.”