Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service are currently looking for volunteers representing Cheshire's diverse community to sit on Youth Offender Panels. As part of the Panel, you will meet with young people who have committed an offence, as well as their families and possibly the victims of their crimes.
An intervention contract is then drawn up between the young person and the Panel for the Youth Offending Team to deliver.
Mentoring Scheme - this is in the process of be developed, however the vision is that we link a volunteer mentor to a young person. The mentor will support the young person to attend appointments with the YOS and external agencies, they could assist the young person to complete their reparation hours, or even meet with the victim of their offending behaviour (this would be as a support rather than to co-ordinate the meeting). If a young person so wishes they could support them in other aspects of their life, e.g. - social skills, education etc.
A rewarding opportunity:
This is a rewarding opportunity in helping young people turn their lives around and stop them reoffending in the future.
- You will receive full training for this role
- Ongoing training and supervision
- You must be over 18 and able to commit for a minimum of 1 year
- Be able to commit to 3-6 hours per month, however we can use volunteers everyday
What we are looking for:
- Child Focused
- Good Communication skills - Age appropriate language - encouraging
- Work to the YOS Policies and Procedures
- Able to work independently, but not in isolation (sharing concerns, ideas and practice).
It is important that our volunteers are from the local community and are a cross section of that community. Training will be provided. A volunteers information pack will be sent out. Once returned if successful, will be invited for interview. We particularly need volunteers from the Vale Royal area - and would prefer students from year 1 (or able to give at least 2 years volunteering). Travel expenses are provided to any volunteer who has submitted their driving documents.
A completed DBS check will be required