Norse Group Managing Director Dean Wetteland was delighted to be present at Norfolk County Council’s Outstanding Staff Contribution Awards (OSCAs) evening at Norwich Castle.

The Norse Group was proud to help support the event and Dean presented the Valued Volunteer (People’s Choice Award) to Community Panel members of the Norfolk Youth Offending Team last Thursday (March 21).

The volunteers meet with young people, their families, and sometimes their victims, to agree an enforceable plan of how a young person can address their offending behaviour and repair any harm they have caused.

Community Panel members working in pairs attended 519 panel meetings with young people across Norfolk in 2017 and feedback from the young people they worked with showed 93% fully understood what they could do to stop offending.

The work of the volunteers means that at a difficult time in many people’s lives, the young people can enter a room and are met by a member of their community who is reassuring them that they can make things right, and that they will always have a place in that community.

This approach is more effective in supporting young people from stopping offending than more punitive methods.

Congratulations to them and we give thanks to all volunteers who do such a great job making Norfolk such a fantastic place in which to live and work.

*The Norse Group offers its staff paid time off to volunteer for a good cause as part of its Norse Way corporate social responsibility initiative.