Rewarding adult volunteers


There was more than one reason to celebrate when Meols Cop Youth and Community Centre held its latest awards night.

In the two years since the Merseyside-based youth and community partnership (YCP) was established, more than 50 young people have been able to participate in a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Now the adult volunteers who made it all possible have themselves been presented with ASDAN certificates in recognition of their help and support.

Danny Wilson, one of the partnership’s directors, said: “At YCP we have over 50 young people who have completed or are working to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold. To assist in the management of this we have established a core group of adult volunteers.

“Thanks to funding provided by the John Moores Foundation, we use the ASDAN Volunteering as an Adult Short Course to structure the demands of the role while gaining a recognised accreditation. This enables our volunteers to remain focused, gives them a clear purpose and adds value to all the hard work they put in.

“One of the participants told us: ‘I enjoyed the course, it was accessible with a good blend of theory and practice. If you’re adventurous, like the outdoors and enjoy helping young people, this is the course for you’.”