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The Youth Offending Service offers a number of different volunteer roles
The Youth Offending Service (YOS) works with young people who’ve been identified as at risk of offending. With help from volunteers we can offer help, including short or long term mentoring and assistance for young offenders when being questioned by police.
We ask that you are able to give 1-2 hours per week and that you are willing to serve for at least 1 year.
As a volunteer you will need:
to be reliable
good communication skills and the ability to relate to young people
your own vehicle or ability to travel around the county
a full, clean, UK driving licence and appropriate insurance
Acceptance onto this project is subject to satisfactory references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Appropriate adult – attend police stations to ensure that the young person’s welfare needs are being met and that they understand questions when being interviewed by police.
Driver volunteer – help young people get to their offence reduction programmes, appointments and training opportunities across the county.
Mentoring – building a one to one relationship, where you act as a role model who encourages and guides personal growth by giving advice, motivation and support.
Parent Mentoring – giving support to parents of open YOS cases where short term one to one help is needed. Volunteers are trained to help parents develop plans to manage behaviour and add to their parenting skills.
Panel Member – chairing and managing meetings where young offenders have to agree a contract stating that they will make amends for their offending and carry out work to reduce their risk.
Volunteer application form
To volunteer for any of the roles above fill in our application form, which asks for the following information:
Your skills and experience
Please have this information ready if you're completing the online form.