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A PILOT scheme to help train volunteers to work with children and young people is to go countywide and will benefit 500 more people.

The Derbyshire Volunteer Passport Scheme was developed by Derbyshire County Council – in partnership with the voluntary, community and independent sector.

Volunteers are offered five three-hour training sessions covering topics including first aid, health and safety, keeping children safe, equal opportunities, and consulting with young people.

Launched in 2009 the pilot scheme has helped train 200 volunteers, with 15 getting employment, and 120 progressing into other training.

The scheme will now be extended to benefit 500 more volunteers.