Charleston Academy is delighted to announce that we are the first school in the Highlands to let young people take part in the new Police Scotland Youth Volunteers programme. Our participation as a pilot school stems from our well established, successful Police Scotland Boxing initiative.
The PSYV Programme was established in 2013 and is a partnership between Police Scotland, Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland.
The programme is designed to give young people insight into policing in Scotland, to inspire them to participate in their communities and to assist in the policing of public engagements in Scotland. The programme was launched in Ayrshire in 2013 with 25 students from that authority taking part. In 2014 120 pupils from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen joined the programme.
Following presentations by Police Scotland at our regular assemblies, students interested in the volunteer service had to submit an application. Leets for interviews were drawn up and these were conducted by Police Officers from across the Inverness area. 24 students from Charleston Academy were successful in gaining a place on the programme.
Twenty of our PSYV force. Chloe Jaffray (4L1), Jonathan Janzak (3S1), Miar Kyle (3S1) and Annie Watson (3K2) are also volunteers.
As a school based initiative, Police Scotland also sought volunteers from our staff. There was significant interest in getting involved and seven staff have signed up to assist with the programme. They will be part of a group of 36 adult volunteers from across Scotland and will undergo training facilitated by YouthLink Scotland.
Mr Gordon Stewart (Depute Rector), Mr Shaun Foster (PT Biology), Miss Aisla Whitelaw (Physics department), Mr Alex Matheson (History department), Miss Sali Massey (Geography department), Mr Jonathan Richards (Technical department) and Miss Lizzie Turner (Maths department)
The group met for the first time yesterday and will meet fortnightly during and out with term time. As well as a “cadet” type meeting, the volunteers will also assist Police Scotland at various public events. The first of these will be Rock Challenge at Eden Court Theatre on 27 & 28 April. Later the volunteers will work as uniformed volunteers at events like the Marafun and Belladrum.
The 12 week induction and training programme has now begun and the Scottish Government has committed £123,000 to the scheme which will see over 200 Youth Volunteers join Police Scotland. Training will include visits to the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan. Uniforms will be provided for all volunteers, designed by students from Gray’s School of Art.
More information about the scheme will be available here soon.