Young Volunteers Thanked

Posted on: Wednesday 2 June 2021
Volunteers week Play Service

Hundreds of young people volunteer with Torfaen Council’s Play Service every year.

The service’s Play Volunteer Project offers young people the chance to get involved with a range of activities, including helping to run playschemes during the school holidays, offering school projects in term-time and respite sessions for children with disabilities and complex behaviours.

During the pandemic the young volunteers also helped to provide support provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils.

This week - as part of Volunteer Week 2021 - Torfaen Council would like to say thank you to all young volunteers.

17-year-old Jasper said: “I have been volunteering on the Wellbeing Camps for the last year doing sporting activities with the children. I have made lots of new friends and this keeps me active in the holiday times.”

Sophie, 19, added: “I have volunteered in the hubs since last year supporting a child who requires 1-1 support. I have enjoyed volunteering so much I am now an apprentice within the Play Service which is absolutely great.”

Councillor Fiona Cross, Torfaen Council’s cabinet member for children, families and communities, said: “Volunteers make a huge difference to our communities and that’s been particularly evident during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is inspiring to see so many young people volunteering every year with the council’s Play Service to help other children across the borough.

"Their generous contribution of time, patience and commitment enables many other children to benefit from structured play opportunities within their communities. I thank all young people and adult Play Service volunteers and encourage people of all ages to consider volunteering in the future.”

The Play Volunteer Project is open to anyone aged over the age of 16. All volunteers complete training and have the chance to work towards two accredited qualifications.

Julian Davenne, Torfaen Council Play Service manager, said: “The Volunteer Project is a brilliant example of youth engagement and young people making a positive contribution to their community.

“In 2019 the project accounted for 48,000 volunteer hours which is an amazing achievement.”

For further information on volunteering with the play service please contact andrea.sysum@torfaen.gov.uk or visit our website and follow the link to the online application form.

For more information about Volunteers Week visit https://volunteersweek.org/

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