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Volunteer appeal for North Lanarkshire children's panel members

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A recruitment campaign seeking new members of the children’s panel is being supported by North Lanarkshire Council, who say volunteers’ contribution will “improve lives”.

Children’s Hearings Scotland is currently seeking 145 new panel members across Lanarkshire to take on the role of listening to and making legal decisions with and for young people.

Their current TV and online advert features Holytown resident Stephen Haggarty, who describes his panel role as “challenging but incredibly rewarding”.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Mark Hamill, who is the panel committee officer in North Lanarkshire, said: “We need volunteers who care about young people, who care about our communities and through their own life experience can connect with young people. “You don’t have to have any specific knowledge or qualifications – we need people with a wide variety of knowledge and from different backgrounds who can bring their own viewpoints and experience to the panel.“Becoming a panel member would suit someone with excellent listening skills, as well as the ability to put people at ease and assess evidence for each appeal.”He added: “Being part of the panel is so important in shaping the lives of vulnerable young people and can prove to be very rewarding for those who volunteer.“The decisions you will help

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