Ap­peal for chil­dren’s panel vol­un­teers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to vol­un­teer to help vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Chil­dren’s Hear­ings Scot­land has is­sued the call for the 30 new Chil­dren’s Panel mem­bers from South La­nark­shire.

This year’s re­cruit­ment cam­paign is fo­cused on high­light­ing what it means to be a panel mem­ber in a bid to at­tract the right can­di­dates – and Chil­dren’s Hear­ings Scot­land ap­pealed to those with com­pas­sion, em­pa­thy and the abil­ity to lis­ten to come for­ward.

To equip each ap­pli­cant for the role, there is an ini­tial train­ing pro­gramme, spread over two years. Once trained, panel mem­bers must com­mit to on-go­ing train­ing as well as prepa­ra­tion ahead of at­tend­ing one to two hear­ing ses­sions per month.

Boyd McA­dam, na­tional con­vener and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Chil­dren’s Hear­ings Scot­land, said: “With­out the sup­port and com­mit­ment of our vol­un­teers, there wouldn’t be a hear­ings sys­tem in Scot­land. The role is unique, and those who give their time are unswerv­ing in their ded­i­ca­tion to im­prove the lives of those chil­dren and young peo­ple who are vul­ner­a­ble or trou­bled.

“This year, we want to be clear about the com­mit­ment in­volved in be­ing a panel mem­ber in a bid to en­sure peo­ple who ap­ply un­der­stand what be­ing a panel mem­ber in­volves.

“Al­though the com­mit­ment is con­sid­er­able, it is equally re­ward­ing, if not more so. By giv­ing your time, you can help make a real dif­fer­ence to the life of a child or young per­son fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture.”

There will be an in­for­ma­tion evening on Septem­ber 14 at 7pm in the Coun­cil Of­fices on Al­mada Street in Hamil­ton for those who are in­ter­ested.

Ap­pli­cants need to be 18 or over. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Septem­ber 25, 2016. To find out more about be­com­ing a panel mem­ber visit www.chil­drenspan­elscot­land.org.

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