Local MP Stewart Jackson is working with the YMCA in Peterborough and the City Council’s Youth Offending Service who run the Better Together Project to help recognise and celebrate local volunteers.

This Better Together Project was launched in 2002 which recruits and trains volunteers for a number of projects around Peterborough who work with vulnerable young people.  Volunteers are placed at the heart of the solution, engaging these young people in group activities ranging from sports to drama and art, as well as providing mentoring and support to drive productive lives.  Volunteers become positive role models in lives that may have previously lacked any support.  The role of the volunteer is to engage, listen, motivate and care and certain projects may require volunteers to visit a young person in prison to establish a connection before their release.  This project not only benefits the individual but society as a whole.

In response to the often complex needs of these young people, volunteers become positive role models in lives that have previously lacked any support. The role of the volunteer is to engage, listen, motivate and care and certain projects may require volunteers to visit a young person in prison to establish a connection before their release.

The Volunteer Celebration Event will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough on Thursday 22 November 2012 from 5.30pm and Stewart Jackson MP will be presenting the awards to Volunteers.

Karen Scott, Better Together Project Manager said:

“Volunteering with Better Together and the YMCA helps young people and other service users.  The volunteers bring time and understanding that has a lasting impact on the lives of those they work with.’

Stewart Jackson, Peterborough MP said:

“This is our opportunity to recognise, thank and show our real appreciation for the difference our volunteers make. I’ve worked with the YMCA before and welcome such a positive project in Peterborough. 

This is a great opportunity to champion the work of the volunteers and show our appreciation for their invaluable contribution.’

 

 

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