Befriender - Youth Offending Team
Gateshead Youth Offending Team is a multi-agency team. The principle aim of Gateshead Youth Offending Team is to prevent the offending and reoffending by children and young people aged 10-18years. YOT work with partners to deal effectively with the causes of offending both pre and post court, to improve outcomes for young people and help them live crime free lives.
Young people between the age of 10 and 17 can be sentences to a Referral Order by a Youth Court. Referral Orders can vary from 3 to 12 months. Gateshead YOT convene Community Panel Members, consisting of one member from the Youth Offending Team and a minimum of two trained Referral Order Volunteers, and the young person’s parent/guardian. YOT are looking to recruit new volunteer Panel Members. As a Panel member you may be working directly with Victims of Crime to enable them to be given choices and choice within the criminal justice system.
The referral order is a unique sentence directly involving the local community in holding the young offender to account for their actions. The panel work with the young people to write a contract to make reparation to the community, or directly to the victim, for the offending behaviour as well as looking at tackling the issues surrounding the offending behaviour.
Benefits of becoming a volunteer for YOT
- You will receive comprehensive and ongoing training
- You will have the chance to contribute positively to young people in the community
- You will receive ongoing support
- You will gain an understanding of the criminal justice system
- You will be part of a team
- You will gain valuable experience
There is an expectation that a volunteer community panel member is trained to be a restorative facilitator and therefore successful volunteers will need to be able to commit to an intensive training programme . This will include five days training, including the possibility of evening training (potentially other days and times).
There is also a requirement to be committed to ongoing training and development and supervision and support from management within the Youth Offending Team
The Civil service Retirement Fellowship
Volunteer role: Befriender
This is an individual volunteer role with the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship and will involve volunteers visiting isolated and lonely older people in their home to provide them with company for about an hour, have a chat and have a cup of tea. Each case will be different.
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