Prison Advice and Care Trust – Court Volunteer

logoDetails of the Charity:

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. We support people to make a fresh start, and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on people who have committed offences, on families and on communities.

What we do:

  • Build stronger families and safer communities
  • Reduce risk of harm to prisoners and their children
  • Remove barriers and increase awareness in public services
  • Influence commissioning, policy and legislation

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Our Court Service provides support to families who have a loved one going through a trial or sentencing. We operate at numerous crown and magistrates courts throughout London.

What you will be doing:

  • Providing support to the families of individuals on trial or being sentenced.
  • Liaising other Pact volunteers that work at the same court
  • Ensuring that there is sufficient literature about the service present in the court
  • Developing good relations with Court staff, such as Court clerks and Witness Service – and promote the organisation and service to them
  • Recording details of all information given out to families/defence council/other agencies at court on Pact monitoring forms and send back to office regularly

Time commitment:

  • The role takes place from Monday to Friday – days to be agreed
  • Volunteers required between 9am-5pm
  • A minimum commitment of 4 hours per week, for 6 months is expected

Skills Required:

  • Regular commitment and reliability
  • A willingness to provide empathetic, non-judgemental support to a family/family member
  • Ability to work in a team or alone
  • Willingness to learn and follow Pact policies and procedures
  • Attendance at training sessions and regular supervisions with the project coordinator

DBS required – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • You’ll be able to reduce the risk and stress placed upon a family affected by imprisonment
  • Gain knowledge about the criminal justice system and processes
  • Gain practical skills and experience to enhance your CV for a career in the criminal justice sector
  • Free training
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Regular 1-1 support and supervision
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony

Interested? Apply now!

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