About PSYV

Pre-session info

As part of the Initial Training Programme, each group should parade at the start and end of each session. A parade should consist of basic drill training to prepare YV’s for their passing out parade. Information and guidance on drill can be found here.


This resource guides you through Module 1, Unit 1 Initial Training Programme - About PSYV


On completion PSYV's will:

  • Have learned about the background and purpose of PSYV


Group room or classroom


It is anticipated that you will require 1 hour to deliver this lesson. Please consider any time you require to plan/prepare by going over the lesson. Always plan in advance.


A bag of plastic balls and two baskets or bins. One with a large label saying 'Maybes Aye' and another saying 'Maybes Naw' (or alter it to suit your local dialect).

Activity 1: Starter

Before their first night many YV's will have attended an introductory meeting with their parents and may possibly have read up about PSYV or attended a presentation at school before making an application. See how much information has been retained by playing Maybes Aye, Maybes Naw!

Split into 2 teams (or more if the group is large) and give each team member a plastic ball. Each team should have a different colour (or you can mark them or stick something on them so that each team can be identified). Have someone call the questions and someone keep a score board. Line up at one end of the room and put the baskets at the other end. Each team member has to run up and choose a basket to put their ball in, by answering these questions:

  • PSYV is an initiative run by Police Scotland (Aye)

  • PSYV is only for young people that are doing well at school (Naw)

  • PSYV is not for young people that have had behavioural problems or been in trouble with the police (Naw)

  • PSYV first started in Cumnock in Ayrshire (Aye)

  • PSYV was started in response to an idea made by Prince Charles (Aye)

  • Youth Volunteers will be able to enter formal Police College when they leave PSYV (Naw)

  • In 2014 3,500 volunteering hours were completed as part of the Commonwealth Games (Aye)

Count up the number of balls for each team with the correct answer and keep a score board.

Activity 2: Why Join?

In this activity we are going to do a speed-train. Create two rows of chairs facing each other and invite YV's to sit in a chair. Someone will keep time and you each have one minute to explain to your partner why you joined PSYV and what you hope to achieve. An adult will take on the role of timer and will ring a bell or whistle when two minutes are up. After the first round everyone in moves one place to the right (the person at the end moves round the back to fill the empty chair). Then you will start again but this time the opposite row moves one place to their right. The round will continue until everyone has met and talked to everyone.

Activity 3: View Video

Come together as a group and show the PSYV Introduction video. Make time for questions and answers about both the video and the PSYV background and purpose.

Activity 4: Introduction to PSYV

This is the first assignment' activity YV's will do as part of the PSYV online learning module. Thinking about the games and discussion that has taken place, discuss and prepare the worksheet for this activity.

Give this presentation on PSYV.

For those presenting for an award it's important that YV's get the information they need to answer the quiz questions. The main purpose of the exercise is to explain the benefits of PSYV.

Tip: Take time to show YV's how to register and create a password.

PSYV Award Assessment


The assessment for this activity is a 5-question quiz which can be accessed on Moodle. Please advise youth volunteers on the following points:

  • The quiz is on Moodle under Module 1: Initial Training Programme / About PSYV Quiz

  • They have 2 attempts to complete. After this their mentor needs to review their learning before allowing them to re-try.

  • They need to get 4 out of 5 questions correct.

  • One question will require them to carry out research to answer correctly so advise them to have another browser window open or have their phone/tablet to hand.


All Youth Volunteers are required to complete the baseline survey by logging in to the PSYV Moodle Learning Platform.

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