Police Scotland Youth Volunteers in the North East have achieved great success at the national annual awards.
The Aberdeen team won the coveted Group of the Year Award out of the 46 PSYV groups across Scotland. This award “recognises a group for its outstanding achievements and contributions to PSYV by committing themselves to volunteering in their community, to learning and developing as a group, to being resilient and reliable, to being excellent role models and working as a team.”
This year the Aberdeen PSYV group volunteered 1800 hours and worked at 39 events, including the BHGE 10K running festival, and the Ellon Police Office open day. They will also be volunteering at the Kilt Walk on Deeside on Sunday, June 2.
Congratulations also go to Jack Murray, 16, from PSYV North Aberdeenshire who won the Regional Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for the North. The Regional Volunteer of the Year award “recognises a dedicated young volunteer who has shown commitment to PSYV and contributed energy, skill and time.”
Jack has taken the lead in supporting local policing priorities through volunteering and has shown outstanding contribution at a number of events.
In addition Youth Volunteer Bethan Roberts from PSYV Moray, was one of five finalists selected for the ‘PSYV’s Got Talent’ finals as a result of her beautiful singing voice.
Presenting the awards was Karen Bartke who plays the part of Officer Karen in BBC’s ‘Scot Squad’.
Partnerships and Events Inspector Sheila McDerment said: “The PSYV is a fantastic programme and it is great that the dedication of our volunteers in the North East has been recognised.
“The Aberdeen group has shown outstanding commitment to volunteering. They are an absolute credit to their community and to Police Scotland. They regularly go the extra mile to raise money for charity, and they have worked hard both as individuals and as a team to make a real difference to the people living in their community.
“Jack, from PSYV North Aberdeenshire has shown real leadership and commitment to the group. He has shown enthusiasm in both a learning and volunteering environment, having participated in a number of events along with some of the other groups throughout the year, and he is a role model for his peers.
“I was also very impressed with Bethan’s, singing at the ‘PSYV’s Got Talent’. It takes real bravery to stand up and sing in front of a crowded room, and she was fantastic. PSYV Moray can be very proud.
“I’d like to say a big well done to all our youth volunteers in the North East and across the country. They are a tremendous group of young people and I would like to thank them for their commitment, hard work, and the positivity they contribute to their communities.”
All volunteers take part in a range of activities aimed at instilling values of citizenship and public service while gaining a practical understanding of the police service and the role of a police officer.
Youth volunteers also work with a range of partners on initiatives and projects in their local community as well as regularly supporting charities.
The awards were held at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, on Saturday, 25 May.