About the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers
The PSYV is the newest and fastest growing uniformed youth service of its type in the UK.
We were established in 2013 with five groups in Cumnock, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Quickly making an impact by volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at local events throughout Scotland.
Our programme has quickly expanded and today there are now over twenty groups across Scotland from Stranrear to Shetland, with plans to expand to 37 by April 2017.
The PSYV have a distinctly Scottish identity and are placed at the heart of Scottish communities. Every weekend Youth Volunteers can be seen volunteering at everything from local community events and gala days right through to major events like T in the Park, The Open Gold Championship and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
When working in their communities the Youth Volunteers will be getting involved in everything they can; supporting stewards, helping the elderly, giving out public safety information, lost child wristbands, all whilst supporting local policing priorities.
The PSYV are also involved with peer to peer and intergenerational education programmes, delivering inputs to their peers, the public and to the police on important themes like No Knives Better Lives, internet safety and other inputs relevant to local policing.
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers assisting at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Aims of the PSYV:
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Programme gives young people aged 13 – 18, an insight into policing in Scotland and inspires them to participate positively in their communities. PSYV in Scotland aim to:
- Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people,
- Encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship,
- Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard,
- Give young people a chance to be hear, and
- Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.
The Principles are:
- Members aged 13-17 (inclusive).
- Youths who volunteer 3 hours a month – assisting in community and crime prevention measures.
- Youth Volunteers that represent the diversity of their service area.
The Youth Volunteers are aged from 13-18 and we look to recruit youth volunteers between 13-15 years.
This is because our programme runs for a period of three years and it gives each volunteer the opportunity to complete the three PSYV Award levels, to fall in line with the delivery of our training programme.
We only recruit youth volunteers in the Autumn, however we are always looking for applications for adult volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer as an adult volunteer please see Volunteer Scotland for further information email your local coordinator. If there is not a group in your area, please email the info mailbox for more information Info@psyv.scot.
Local Group Co-ordinator Contact Information
If your area does not show above, do not worry, we are currently expanding the number of PSYV groups we have across the country. To keep up to date with the latest info, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also subscribe to the PSYV YouTube Channel.
You can also find out more information on the programme itself at the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers page within the About Us section of our website.