Special visit for South Yorkshire youth project on 10th year anniversary

Youth workers with Dr Julie MacDonald, front row, centre.
Youth workers with Dr Julie MacDonald, front row, centre.
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The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Dr Julie MacDonald, made a special trip to South Yorkshire Police's headquarters to meet Inspiring youth volunteers and learn more about their work.

A dedicated group including retired police officers, police staff, serving officers and community volunteers all help to run the Inspiring Youth project, which aims to help young people build skills and improve on their education.

The project is now in its 10th year and Dr MacDonald visited the police base at Carbrook House on Wednesday, June 22, to congratulate them.

Bobby Dev, youth and community liaison officer, said: “The project is gathering huge interest each year, and this year alone over 1000 students from 17 different schools are participating in the scheme.

“The High Sheriff is keen to get involved and support this project. Dr MacDonald has asked to accompany the volunteers during their coaching sessions in schools and see for herself why so many young people are actively taking part and enrolling for this scheme.

“The High Sheriff offered to assist with getting businesses to support this project by offering the young people opportunities for work experience/apprenticeships that later could possibly lead to future employment opportunities.

Mariam Abdi from Burngreave, one of the community volunteers, said: “I wish I had known about this project a few years ago, it’s fantastic."