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.
A Volunteer Reparation Worker:
Initially there will be shadowing opportunities for the volunteer to go out to a number of reparation projects (all of which have been health and safety checked). Once you are comfortable with the setting and the young person - you will be totally responsible for the Young Person - by perhaps collecting and transporting them to the venue - together, completing the task which could be producing grown food for a church group, or making bread for a luncheon group, or painting a wall in a youth club, or removing graffiti of a building, supporting a young person to work in a charity shop etc, the list is endless
Once the session is completed you transport the young person home and then write up the session - using our AMOS method of recording - Aim, Method, Outcome, Safeguarding concerns.
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.
A completed DBS check will be required