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Volunteers applauded by children’s Trust

Over 100 people who devote their spare time to helping some of Doncaster’s most vulnerable children and young people are to be thanked as part of national Volunteers’ Week.

The volunteers each commit a minimum of an hour a week to one of five volunteering projects at the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.

Volunteers’ Week, which runs from Saturday 1 June to Friday 7, is an opportunity to say thank you to all those people who give of their time to help others, as well as being a chance for others to think about joining a scheme.

The Trust, which delivers children’s social care on behalf of Doncaster Council, recently launched its Trusted Mentor scheme, aimed at supporting children and young people on a long-term basis to raise their aspirations and to achieve their potential.

Within weeks of its launch the project, which is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) through the Doncaster Opportunity Area, had attracted more than 70 people to sign up.

The Trust also runs well-established Youth Justice Referral Order Panel and Mentoring schemes – both offered by Doncaster’s Youth Offending Service. A multi-agency partnership, the YOS works with young people who have committed offences to support them away from crime using restorative, relational, desistance and trauma informed approaches.

Meanwhile, the Trust’s Independent Visitor Scheme volunteers offer a befriending and support service for children in care who have little or no contact with their birth parents.

And, the EPIC (Encouraging Potential, Inspiring Change) Mentor scheme, offers support to vulnerable and at risk young people aged 10-17 years-old. Volunteers work closely with young people by offering them individually tailored one to one support and positive activities that help them to increase their confidence, self-esteem and to make positive life choices.

Representatives from each of the schemes will be on hand at the Volunteer Fair, organised by the Council, to be held in the Wool Market on Tuesday 4 June.

Volunteers are also to receive a certificate of thanks from the Trust’s Chief Executive Paul Moffat.

Paul said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all those people who selflessly devote their time to helping the children and young people we work with at the Trust.

“Having a friendly, non-judgmental adult who they can rely upon means such a lot to the young people, many of whom are going through a very difficult time in their life.”