Volunteers honoured

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Volunteers who transform the lives of children have been honoured at an event hosted by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.

Trust chief executive Paul Moffatt took the opportunity to thank volunteers who are Independent Visitors and Community Panel members.

Speaking at the event, held at the Trust’s head office in Doncaster high street, Mr Moffat said: “We are extremely lucky in Doncaster to have so many people who dedicate their own time to support the town’s children and young people. Our volunteers are very much valued, not just by the young people they support, but by everyone at the Trust.”

Independent Visitors support children in care who have little or no contact with their birth parents. They spend quality time together sharing experiences as well as trying new activities. Community Panel volunteers work with young people who have offended to encourage them to take responsibility for their actions, address any issues which are underlying their offending behaviour and give something back to the community.

Community Panel Volunteer Mark Gore said: “The young people gain confidence and sometimes qualifications they can use later to enable them to play a full part in their own life and the community. Watching them grow is incredibly rewarding.”

Independent Visitor Angie Parkinson added: “It is nice to watch a relationship grow with a young person who trusts and respects you.”

Visit www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk or if you’re interested in volunteering.