Mentoring and volunteers

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Many of the people who come through the criminal justice system have a complex range of needs, yet they often lack the support network that could help them deal with their problems. Most of our service users have never had a positive role model in their life or even simply experienced someone taking an interest in them.

Mentors can provide the support that can make a big difference to someone trying to turn their life around.

Often volunteer mentors will have no previous connection with the criminal justice system, but come with a wide range of experience, knowledge and skills. Applications are also welcomed from those who have previously been a service user in the Criminal Justice System but have successfully turned their life around and can demonstrate this. These individuals’ genuine knowledge of how to come through the experience successfully and leave behind a life which includes crime can be invaluable for those trying to navigate these waters for the first time. The experience of mentoring can be extremely rewarding for mentors as well as for those they help.

Interested in becoming a volunteer or mentor?

For further information please take a look at the role outline and person specification below. If you would like to apply then please complete and return the application and equality of opportunity forms below to the relevant coordinator in the area you are interested in volunteering in.

You need to have an open mind, a desire to help others and a belief that people can change. You need to work individually and as a part of a team, have a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory approach and an understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality.

All mentors receive full training and continuing guidance. Examples of work might include assisting someone in addressing their drug and/or alcohol use; supporting them to improve literacy and numeracy skills or helping them get to the Jobcentre Plus or college open days. It could include working with service users who have been victims of crime themselves and supporting them to develop their sense of self worth.

For more information please contact:

Clive Wooding - Volunteer and mentor coordinator (Gloucestershire)
Tel: 01452 389200
clive.wooding@bgsw.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Debra Newrick - Volunteer and mentor coordinator (Bristol and Somerset)
Tel: 03000 49 2144
debra.newrick@bgsw.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Susan Roscow - Project coordinator (Wiltshire)
Tel: 01722 327716
susan.roscow@bgsw.probation.gsi.gov.uk

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