The youth offending service (YOS) has an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like to work on a voluntary basis with young people who are involved in, or are at risk of, offending behaviour.
A panel meeting takes place after a young person commits an offence and has been to court. This is facilitated by a panel of three volunteers. It is the responsibility of the panel members to play an active role in determining what intervention is suitable for the young person through a restorative process, to avoid further offending and make amends for the offence that has been committed.
"Sitting on the panel is something totally different for me, dealing and interacting with the youths to hopefully make them understand the consequences of their actions and prevent a reoccurrence. It gives you a great sense of achievement when they walk in the room and you know they don't want to be there but leave thanking you. Hopefully attending the panel will have a positive affect on their actions."
Diane Rix - Referral Panel Member since August 2010
All volunteers will be fully trained and be subjected to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. Most volunteers normally undertake both roles. You can apply by downloading the application form document below.
If you would like further information or to have a chat about the volunteering opportunities available, please contact us on 0161 607 1900.