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A successful pilot scheme to help train volunteers to work with children and young people is to go countywide.
The Derbyshire Volunteer Passport Scheme was developed by Derbyshire County Council – in partnership with the voluntary, community and independent sector.
It is designed to make sure volunteers have the skills needed to work with youngsters.
Volunteers are offered five three-hour training sessions covering topics including first aid, health and safety, keeping children safe, equal opportunities, and consulting with young people.
Successful candidates on the scheme receive a badge and accreditation which is recognised by Derbyshire Children’s Trust – which includes the county council, health services, Connexions Derbyshire, Derbyshire police, and the voluntary and community sector.
Launched in 2009 the pilot scheme has helped train 200 volunteers, with 15 getting employment, and 120 progressing into other training.
The scheme will now be extended to give 500 more volunteers countywide the chance to benefit.
Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet’s Member for Young People, said: “We value the work of volunteers as they help us support children and families across the county.
“Our partners in the voluntary sector help us provide vital support across the county and we wanted to support and recognise these efforts.
“Skills learned through the passport scheme will help them in their volunteer work and boost career opportunities.”