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West of Scotland staff member receives police recognition award

Housing association worker praised for dedication to Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

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West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) employee Clare Bird has been presented with a Greater Glasgow Police Division Recognition Award from Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, for her dedication to Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV).

The award marks three years of volunteering with the organisation which strengthens the relationship between the police and young people aged 13–17, breaking down barriers and encouraging positive participation within communities.

Clare has always been interested in community engagement, and her role as Assistant Community Services Officer at WSHA means her voluntary activity compliments her everyday work. 

Clare said:

“It is a real honour to receive this award alongside members of the police force who are being recognised for their incredible achievements. What I enjoy most about this role is seeing young people realise they can make a difference. I look forward to involving my Police Scotland Youth Volunteer group in community work with West of Scotland Housing Association in future.”

Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, Greater Glasgow Divisional Commander, said:

“Clare has a wealth of experience in the world of volunteering and helped us to establish best practice not only for PSYV locally but now nationally.

“She is highly respected amongst our youth and adult volunteers and is always looking out for new ways for our group to engage with the community.

“I felt her contribution, commitment and long service should be acknowledged by awarding her with a Greater Glasgow Divisional Commanders Recognition Award.”

Lynne Donnelly, Chief Executive at WSHA, said:

“We are thrilled about Clare’s achievement. Police Scotland Youth Volunteers promote positive role models and Clare’s dedication and enthusiasm for her role here at WSHA demonstrate her ability to inspire others.”

Pictured: Clare Bird pictured at centre with Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers.