More volunteers needed to help troubled youths

GOOD Samaritans are being asked to help young offenders.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Services for Young People is in need of more volunteers to sit on Youth Offender Panels and help young people who have been in trouble with the law.

These give communities a say in how young offenders can repair the harm they have done and help them to take responsibility for their actions.

Each panel comprises one member of the local Youth Offending Team and two volunteers and works with the young person and his or her family to draw up a programme aimed at tackling their behaviour.

Volunteer Dorothy Welsh said: “I am a mum and I know kids do stupid things sometimes – so rather than criticise and make judgements, I like to get involved.

“You don’t have to be an expert to do this but you must care about young people, be a good listener and most of all believe that investing in young people now is a way to build a responsible and caring society.”

An open evening is being held on Thursday, February 3 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at The Noke Thistle Hotel, in Watford Road, St Albans.