Hounslow calls for volunteers to support Youth Offending Service

Hounslow Council is appealing for volunteers over 18 who live in Hounslow, to help support the Youth Offending Service by representing vulnerable youngsters at Referral Order community panel meetings.

Published: Thursday, 13th June 2019

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Referral Orders are given to most ten to 17 year olds pleading guilty for the first time in court unless the offence is so serious as to warrant a custodial sentence.

Volunteers with an interest in youth justice are being offered the chance to gain valuable first-hand experience . Working as a volunteer on a Referral Order panel will give you the opportunity to be directly involved in developing contracts with young people who have committed an offence to help ensure there is no further offending.

Being a community panel member is a challenging yet rewarding role, especially for those with an interest in young people and crime. Full training is provided - all you need is common sense and a positive outlook on life and young people. After training, volunteers need to be available for panel meetings usually twice a month at times to suit them - either evening or daytime. Expenses are provided to help cover the costs of childcare and travel.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:  “Safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable young people is the highest priority for Hounslow. Community panel members play an active role in creating intervention plans with young people who are subject to Referral Orders from Court.  If you want to make a positive difference to your community, apply today.”

Amelia Boothman, Community Panel Member, said:  “This is just about the most rewarding bit of volunteering I’ve ever done. The young people who come to us really need our support to make their lives better. We are members of the community who oversee contracts with young people. We act as the voice of the community.”

For more information or to make an application, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/youthjusticevolunteers 

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