Young Rotherham inspectors hope to be judged national champions

By Gareth Dennison | 09/11/2017

Young Rotherham inspectors hope to be judged national champions
From left: Young Inspectors co-ordinator Ashlea Harvey, council performance assurance manager Jasmine Swallow and young inspector Laura Crerar at last year’s awards

A TEAM of young people who judge services are hoping to scoop a national award after being pipped to the prize last year.

The group, featuring volunteers aged 11 to 24, was set up two years ago and make recommendations for improvements.

Members have been shortlisted in the youth volunteering and social action category in the Children and Young People Now awards.

They were given a high commendation at the 2016 ceremony and are hoping to go one better this time, in London on November 22.

Young Inspector co-ordinator Ashlea Harvey said: “To get the recognition we did last year was just amazing.

“If we can win this time round we will be so happy. We want everyone to know about what we do and being recognised nationally like this might make other young people want to join the team.”

Cllr Gordon Watson, Rotherham Borough Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our Young Inspectors are an inspiration to us all. It is essential that we listen to and act on the voices of young people about services we are designing for them, especially if we want these services to succeed.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Ashlea on 01709 823917 or 07798581232 or at

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