Why we run the programme
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the Police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers promotes 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 – 18, this 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. On most cases the officer will carry out this role secondary to their full time position which can vary from School Based 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 Constable’s, support workers, Veterinary Assistants, Communication workers… the list is too big to complete.
Where the programme is running
The PSYV has groups in each of the 13 divisions across Police Scotland as per the contact list on the Recruitment Page.
Throughout 2016 the PSYV will expand across Scotland from the current 19 groups to 50, with further expansion set for 2017. This means that each division will gain at least one additional group. At the start of the year we launched a group on Shetland which should be up and running come March.
If your area is not listed on the Recruitment page, please keep an eye on these pages along with our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates. For more info about recruitment in a listed area, please email the coordinator directly.
What the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers have been involved in
Volunteers have been able to participate at many different events, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 where there was over 3,500 volunteering hours from young people. Some volunteers also took part in the closing ceremony and were at Hampden Park for the final parade.
In addition to the Commonwealth Games, PSYV groups have attended over 50 other events as volunteers such as the Edinburgh marathon, the One Direction concert at Murrayfield, the UK Police Memorial Service, the Moria Jones Charity walk and 5 Baton relay events.
Throughout 2015 the PSYV attended countless local community events as well as the most high profile national and international events such as T in the Park, The Open golf championship, the Wickerman Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Through 2016 the groups will continue to carry out their local volunteering as well as re-visiting the bigger national events and lots more.
What impact has been made so far
After asking young people who were involved in the pilot of the programme how they felt, they were 33% more likely to agree with the statement ‘Police listen and respond to views of young people.’
A further 30% of people were more likely to agree with the statement ‘Police understand young people’s problems in the area.’
There was also an increase of 24% in people’s confidence after joining PSYV, and a 16% increase in how the young people felt about themselves.
After asking young people who were involved in the pilot of the programme how they felt;
- 33% more likely to agree with the statement ‘Police listen and respond to views of young people’,
- 30% of people were more likely to agree with the statement ‘Police understand young people’s problems in the area’,
- 76% of young people said it helped them in becoming an adult,
- An increase of 16% in how the young people felt about themselves,
- An increase of 10% in young people’s determination to succeed,
- 87% of young people said it helped them at school,
- An increase of 24% in people’s confidence after joining PSYV,
- An increase of 12% in motivation to learn.
How to become a Police Scotland Youth Volunteer
To become a Police Scotland Youth Volunteer visit our PSYV Recruitment page.
If you an interest in becoming an Adult Volunteer, you can find out more info if you visit our PSYV Recruitment page.
For more information visit the Police Scotland Youth Volunteer Twitter page @PolScotPSYV,
their Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
If you are organising an event and would like the PSYV to volunteer at it, please contact your local coordinator, details can be found on our recruitment page.
If you do not have a local group, please contact our national team with the details of your event and we will make every effort to assist with your enquiry.
PSYV National Team – firstname.lastname@example.org