PSYV Achieve IiV for the 1st time!

13 December 2017

ACC John Hawkins, the Police Scotland Strategic Lead for the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) was presented with the Investing In Volunteers Award by George Thomson, CEO of Volunteer Scotland.

PsyvlogoMSP Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice was in attendance, offering his congratulations for the PSYV programme on behalf of the The Scottish Government.

Sharing in the success were Inspector Craig Rankine, PSYV National Coordinator, Anne Hislop, Investing in Volunteers Manager for Scotland, Laura Stewart an Adult Volunteer with PSYV Dunfermline, PC Tony Howard, Group Coordinator of PSYV Alloa and Greg Meechan, Head Youth Volunteer of PSYV Alloa.

The award recognises the management support and professionalism of the systems and structures that support the 300 Adult Volunteers within PSYV who help provide vital support and guidance to the 650 young people of PSYV.

To achieve the award, PSYV was able to demonstrate its commitment to high quality volunteer management. The IiV standards are based on good practice principles and cover the four main areas of volunteer management:

  • planning for volunteer involvement
  • recruiting volunteers;
  • selecting and matching volunteers
  • supporting and retaining volunteers

This award will be a first for Police Scotland and the first for a Police force in the UK.

Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins said:

“Police Scotland is delighted to receive this award, which recognises the work involved in running PSYV. The award also recognises the worth of the scheme by PSYV volunteers themselves and what they get from it. It offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to the young people involved."

Anne Hislop – Investing in Volunteers Manager for Scotland said – “Investing in volunteers (IiV) is the UK award with a unique focus on volunteering. To become an IiV achiever, an organisation needs to demonstrate their commitment to their volunteers and be able to evidence high quality volunteer management in practice. It needs the support of everyone from volunteers to the Chief Constable and staff.  So far, more than 200 organisations, from all over Scotland, have achieved the award; from small local groups to large national organisations. Volunteer Scotland is delighted to be able to include the Police Scotland Youth Volunteer programme on the list of achievers”

Inspector Craig Rankine, PSYV National Coordinator, said of the award 

“Since our inception just over 3 years ago I have witnessed the PSYV grow from 5 trial groups to 32 very active and community focused groups all over Scotland, approaching 1,000 active members. This would have been impossible without the 300 Adult Volunteers who give up their time to support the young people in our programme.
I strongly believe the structures and support we have developed and which are now common practice, offer any adult volunteer a most rewarding experience and one which I would recommend to anyone who may be interested in joining us.”