Posted on: Wednesday 28 November 2018
On Monday 3 December young people across Torfaen are set to celebrate another successful year supporting community play settings in Torfaen at the this years Play Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
Each year, Torfaen Play Service supports over 170 people to give up their time to volunteer within community play settings as part of their volunteering commitment. This includes empowering volunteers to support half term and summer playschemes, projects linked to schools, community play clubs and weekend respite for children and young people with disabilities.
The majority of volunteers involved in the project are aged between 16 to 18 years but in recent years the Play Service has seen an increase in older people volunteering. Certificates will be awarded to volunteers from all over Torfaen along with a special award for Volunteer of the Year 2018.
Play Service Manager Julian Davenne said, “There are many reasons why people volunteer with us. Some people volunteer to get experience for their CV, others to help them into university or college”.
Torfaen Play Services volunteering model has developed over the past 10 years and is seen as a good model of practice across Wales. Over the past year, Torfaen Play Service volunteers have provided 40,480 hours of volunteering. This has demonstrated an excellent example of citizen engagement and a positive achievement by the young people of Torfaen.
Play Policy Officer, Andrea Sysum added that, “We do not need to advertise for our volunteers, it has become embedded in the natural process of young people growing up in Torfaen”.
Executive Member for Children & Young People, Councillor Mandy Owen said, “Many of the young people who volunteer with the Play Service go into professions linked to working with children and young people and community groups. Volunteering within community play setting provides them with an excellent platform to enter the working world".