Community Bursary Boots for Youth Group's Health and Wellbeing Sessions

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Aberdeen (PSYV) is one of 11 successful organisations to share CALA’s community bursary in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire this year.

20 June 2018

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Aberdeen (PSYV) which offers opportunities for youths aged 13-17 to get involved in making their communities safer, has received a cash boost to purchase new kits for its health and wellbeing sessions.

The group was awarded £500 to cover the cost of new kit for 27 of its members.

PSYV was launched in 2014 by Police Scotland as a way of bridging the barriers between the police, youths and their communities, with Aberdeen one of the first groups to be established.

Nicola Gillies, Police Constable at Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Aberdeen, said: “Each PSYV group is given a start-up grant from the Government and thereafter solely relies on fundraising, subscriptions and community grants to sustain and run the group, therefore we are very grateful to receive support from CALA’s community bursary.

“We have a huge emphasis on health and wellbeing during our weekly sessions and this donation will enable us to purchase much needed kit to ensure we can continue to offer the sessions.

“Last year, we carried out 1,800 volunteering hours over 31 events in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Our volunteers are made up of youths from nearly every community within Aberdeen, the majority of whom come from vulnerable backgrounds. 

“This year we hope to be able to offer our members lots more opportunities to volunteer in the community and organise fun team building events.”

The PSYV group in Aberdeen was visited by Barry Bruce, Trades Co-ordinator at CALA Homes (North) to officially present the charity with the donation.

Barry said: “I had the chance to meet PSYV’s fantastic members during one of their weekly meetings. It was a superb opportunity to get a flavour of the sort of activities they participate in during the health and wellbeing sessions.

“It’s so important to encourage everyone from a young age to take the time to look after their health and wellbeing and it’s wonderful to see PSYV supporting its members by offering the sessions.”

Other successful recipients include Pleyfauld Very Sheltered Housing, Sunrise Partnership, Spikin Autism and More (SAAM), Friends of Orchard Brae, Printfield Community Project, Seaton Community Church, Grampian Child Bereavement Network, Aberdeen Riding Club, Home-Start Aberdeen and Supporting Children in Learning for Life (SCILL).