Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service work with young people from the ages of 10 to 18, who have come to the attention of the police as a result of anti-social/ offending behaviour. Our Volunteers facilitate Referral Order Panels in Chester, Northwich, Runcorn and Warrington from 5pm – 8pm. A number of our volunteers also support young people to participate Reparation hours in their local community – this can include activities such as gardening, painting, cooking and restorative projects. CWHWYOS are in the process of reviewing and changing our practice when working with our female cohort which we hope will be the beginning of a mentoring service, volunteers will be linked to a young person and support their attendance to YOS and ‘other’ agency appointments. This will be a befriending arrangement which potentially could result in both parties completing positive activities together.
All of our volunteers are trained in ‘Panel Matters’ and ‘Restorative Justice’. Quarterly they are encouraged to attend Volunteer team meetings and receive a ‘YOS Matters – Volunteer Newsletter’ to keep them informed about practice, legislation and any relevant information.
The mentor will:
- Support the young person to attend appointments with the YOS and external agencies
- Assist with young person to complete their reparation hours
- Support the young person meeting with the victim of their crime (with the Y.O team)
- Support them in other aspects of their life, including social skills, education etc
- Participate in training relevant to the role