15 March 2017

Three year funding from PRANA-Stiftung allows VS to focus on service development

An amazing new partnership the PRANA-Stiftung Foundation has allowed Venture Scotland to recruit a new Practice Development Manager – Jerome Kyndt. Jerome has been with VS for 10 years in the capacity of Youth Worker, Team Leader and Acting Programme Manager and we are delighted to now welcome him as a permanent member of the management team.

Since taking up this brand new role at Venture Scotland, Jerome has been busy looking at various ways to improve and develop the services we offer to young people.

Volunteers are key to delivering our work to support more disadvantaged young people. Jerome has set up a working group including some new and experienced volunteers alongside staff to look at all aspects of volunteering from training to giving feedback enabling us to make improvements to our programme going forward. We are now working towards our Investors in Volunteers award.

Jerome is also taking a lead on our staff training days which happen every quarter and ensuring best practice is being shared across the organisation. He is currently carrying out a health and safety review to ensure the organisation is appropriately assessing risk for all activities to guarantee the safety of staff, volunteers and participants are central to everything we do.

Another vital role Jerome has taken on is looking at improving the collection of feedback from young people themselves. As an organisation, we are committed to involving the young people we work with in the development of the programmes we run – their evaluation and feedback is essential in achieving the best programme we can possibly deliver for disadvantaged young people..

Huge thanks go to PRANA-Stiftung for this three year promise of support allowing us to carry out this vital work.

Volunteers at the recent training at Glen Etive

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