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We need Youth Offender Panel Members

Community Representative volunteers needed for Reading Youth Offending Service in RG1

We need Youth Offender Panel Members who can represent their local community and make a difference to young people’s lives.

Referral Order panels are for young people who commit crime and receive a Referral Order as a sentence at Court. You can help challenge these young people to take responsibility for their actions and help change their behaviour.

Trained volunteers work with young people, their parents and victims. Panel members will talk and listen to create a plan of action designed to repair harm and prevent future offending and review the progress of this plan at regular intervals.

Panels aim to:

  • Ensure young people take responsibility for their behaviour.
  • Help put things right for the victim.
  • Bring young people back into the law-abiding community.

The nature of Referral Order panels means that how frequently volunteers are required can fluctuate. The majority of panels need to take place between 3.30pm and 6pm, although there is a need for some panels to take place outside these times.

Panel members are welcomed from all ethnic and social backgrounds. Good spoken English and communication skills required.

Potential volunteers need to attend an information session on 09/10/17 at either 10am-12pm or 5:30-7:30pm.

Potential volunteers need t be able to attend all of the 8 days initial training over two weeks in November 2017.

Contact person firstname
Sarah Dobinson, Youth Offending Service Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189372420
Contact instructions?
Please email or telephone for more information
Location address line 1
Reading Youth Offending Service
Line 2
16 North street
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 7DA

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Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
No
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Potential volunteers need to attend an information session on 09.10.17 either 10am - 12pm or 5.30pm - 7.30pm

The majority of panels take place between 3.30pm and 6pm although some may be at other times
Task type?
Community Representative
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleNegotiatorPatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
8 days initial training over 2 weeks in November 2017, plus mandatory online training, plus quarterly (about 3 hrs) update training and supervision.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Quarter updates and supervision, debrief sessions after every panel
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses can be claimed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
10 August 2017