A SCHEME offering free training and recognition to volunteers who want to work with adults has been launched.
The Derbyshire Volunteer Passport Scheme was first launched countywide in 2011 for people who wanted to work with children and young people and since then hundreds of people have received free training and accreditation.
The Derbyshire County Council scheme has proved so successful that it is now being extended to include training for people who want to volunteer to work with adults.
Volunteers are offered five free half-day training sessions covering a range of relevant areas and successful candidates receive a Volunteer Passport ID badge and an accreditation certificate.
Before being awarded a Volunteer Passport all potential volunteers must have a Disclosure and Barring Service check, previously known as a CRB check.
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for a Volunteer Passport and people don’t need any qualifications to do the training.
Councillor Charles Jones, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult care, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching the new Volunteer Passport for people who want to work with adults.
“The Volunteer Passport will benefit people whether they are already experienced volunteers giving several hours of their time a week or if they are thinking about volunteering for the first time.
“People who already have a Volunteer Passport have been extremely positive about the training and say it has helped them build up their skills and gain confidence.”
Applications can be made by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/passport and follow the appropriate links. People can also pick up a leaflet in their local volunteer centre, fill in the form and send it back or call Derbyshire County Council on 01629 532093 for more information.