Volunteering with Leeds Youth Justice Service

We have an established volunteering team of over 60 volunteers in a variety of roles which is integral to the work of Leeds Youth Justice Service.

This may be as a mentor supporting young people on a one to one basis or as a panel member helping to plan individual programmes of work to reduce risk of future offending.

We are always interested in hearing from new volunteers. We understand that people volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from a general interest in helping young people, to a need to build up work experience for new career possibilities.

Volunteers give whatever time they can depending on their own commitments and the youth justice service offers a flexible approach to this. There are opportunities across Leeds. As a volunteer we offer you comprehensive training programmes and quality support and supervision, so you can make a real difference to the lives of young people.

We use volunteers in three key roles

  • Referral panel members sit on community panels which meet with young people, their parents and sometimes their victims to agree a contract to repair harm that has been caused and prevent further offending
  • Holiday Session Volunteers assist Case Managers and sessional workers with a programme of activities for young people
  • Mentors support young people on a weekly one-to-one basis over the longer term to help their motivation and engagement

For detailed role descriptions and person specification details please see the related documents section.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Leeds Youth Justice Service, please complete and return the application form to leeds.yos.volunteer@leeds.gov.uk We will keep your application on file for up to six months and contact you during that time should a suitable opportunity arise.

For more information about Referral Orders, please see the YJB statutory guidance.

If you are interested in volunteering with us and would like to know more, please get in contact to discuss further. You can contact us by email at leeds.yos.volunteer@leeds.gov.uk to raise any specific questions that you have.

Volunteering criteria

  • training will be provided for all volunteers
  • we ask for a minimum commitment of 12 months to match the time given for training and development
  • all volunteers will be required to have a DBS check
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Can I still volunteer with the Youth Justice Service even though I have no previous experience?Can I still volunteer with the Youth Justice Service even though I have no previous experience?<div class="ExternalClass58E817FC8B08455990FA5475498D1E7C">​Yes, core training and specialised training for each specific role will be provided for all volunteers.</div>
I am in receipt of benefits, can I still work as a volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?I am in receipt of benefits, can I still work as a volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?<div class="ExternalClassB83BCFBCBC9843A1A856EAE308ECBEBF">​Yes, please discuss your application with the job centre, they will advise you appropriately.</div>
I am registered disabled, can I work as a volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?I am registered disabled, can I work as a volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?<div class="ExternalClass2C4FBCDE6E5C4AE7959A754ACD09F6B0">​Yes, we will discuss any requirements you may have at the interview stage.</div>
I have a criminal record, can I still apply to volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?I have a criminal record, can I still apply to volunteer with Leeds Youth Justice Service?<div class="ExternalClassA1F4A866363F4CAD8C8938AC68302EEC">​Yes you can, all applications and convictions are assessed individually. The seriousness of the offence and the time since it was committed will both be taken into consideration.</div>
I am a student and not always at my term address, can I volunteer with the Youth Justice Service?I am a student and not always at my term address, can I volunteer with the Youth Justice Service?<div class="ExternalClassEC7D512CC37747AFAF71B6C87EEBB93F">​Yes, you would need to highlight your availability at interview stage and we can take this into account when discussing potential volunteering roles.</div>

 

 

Application formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/180810Application form.docx43769docx
Equal opportunities monitoringhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/180327Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.docx34014docx
Additional Informationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Additional Information Sheet.pdf24868pdf
Mentor - Role descriptionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Mentor - Role description.pdf123019pdf
Panel - Role descriptionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Panel - Role description.pdf21070pdf
Volunteer - Person specificationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Volunteer - Person specification.pdf121517pdf
Leeds Youth Justice Privacy Noticehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Youth Justice Privacy Notice.pdf201657pdf

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