Are you over 18? Are you inclusive, compassionate and calm? Are you able to engage with young people? Do you have excellent listening skills? Do you live or work anywhere in Norfolk?
You could be just the person we are looking for!
Volunteering with your local Youth Offending Team can enable you to make a valuable contribution to your local community.
With the support of staff from the Youth Offending Team, Community Panel Member volunteers meet young people and their parents/carers to support young people to take responsibility for their offending behaviour and identify ways to move forward. At the panel meeting the Panel Members support the young person and others present to talk about the offence and its impact, and draw up a contract (a programme of work) that will enable the young person to repair some of the harm caused and address any factors in their life that may lead to them committing further offences.
There are opportunities to train to become a mentor to young people working with the Youth Offending Team. Mentors work on a one-to-one basis with young people, providing them with a positive role model, there to listen to them and offer encouragement and support to succeed. Mentors usually complete the full Panel Member training programme and then go on to complete the Mentor training.
There are opportunities for members of the community to work restoratively with young people, their families, and others who have experienced harm. Volunteers who support our restorative justice work usually complete the full Panel Member training programme and then go on to complete additional restorative justice training.
Our selection processes are carefully designed to focus on assessing people’s potential rather than on qualifications and experience. We are looking for people with a commitment to working with young people and their parents/carers to prevent further offending and to support those affected to deal with the impact of the offence.
Many of our volunteers have told us that the flexibility of this role fits in well with work, family, or study commitments, and that the training and experience they gain in restorative practice has been useful in their personal and professional lives.
All volunteers will be required to provide references and undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Volunteers will receive full training, ongoing supervision and support.