Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities with the Youth Work Team


Opportunities available include:-

  • Youth work -We have various youth work opportunities working at youth clubs/supporting activities in the district.
  • Roving reporter – Fancy visiting local youth organisations to get news for our website?
  • Website developer/administrator – We are looking for someone with WordPress website experience to help us keep our site upto date.

If you would like an application form to apply for a volunteering post with The Youth Work Team then please download here or contact us via Email: youthwork@wakefield.gov.uk or Tel: 01977 722815

02 Application form

03 Job specification

04 Role of Volunteer – Information Sheet

Volunteering Opportunities with Wakefield Youth Offending Team (YOT)


Appropriate Adult Volunteer

Appropriate Adults are required by law to attend at Police interviews and related activities for certain groups
who are identified as vulnerable. This includes 10-17 year olds and adults with mental health issues or learning disabilities, who do not have the support of another adult at the Police Station.

The Appropriate Adult role is to ensure that members of these vulnerable groups understand and have access
to their rights, are treated fairly and to help with communication with the Police.

This is an extremely interesting role as no two cases are the same.

The scheme operates Monday to Sunday, 9.00am – 11.00 pm, 7 days a week.

Each day is broken down into 2 parts, (9.00 – 17.00 and 17.00 – 23.00) Volunteers cover one rota shift fortnightly as a minimum commitment.  There is usually plenty of opportunity to cover at short notice.

The YOT is very much in need of  Volunteers who can cover between 09.00 and 17.00 weekdays.

The Police Station you would have to attend is based in Normanton and you would need the use of a car to access it as there are no direct bus routes.

There are occasions when Appropriate Adults may have to attend New Hall Prison to act as Appropriate Adult for Police Interviews or attend Age Assessments for suspected illegal entrants.

No formal qualifications are necessary as full training is given.  However, Appropriate Adults do need to be extremely reliable, able to work on their own (although advice and support is always available by telephone) and maintain strict confidentiality and be at least 18 years of age.  Volunteers must be able to work with young people, vulnerable adults, the Police, Solicitors and other professionals.

As we are seeking to recruit volunteers who can cover the rota  between 09.00 and 17.00, the training will also take place during these hours. Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory.

If you have any further questions or you would like an application form please contact Sue Smithson, Early Intervention and Practice Development  Co-ordinator on Tel: 01924 304155 or Email ssmithson@wakefield.gov.uk

Volunteer Facilitators

Do you want to make a difference and help the community?

Are you a good listener?

Fair minded?


If this describes you, we could really use your skills on an exciting new project to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Wakefield.

Restorative Justice Meetings bring together the people harmed by low level crime and anti-social behaviour, with those responsible for causing that harm.  Victims and perpetrators talk about what happened, who was affected and what can be done to make things better.

The process helps harmed people and wrongdoers to come together, find positive resolutions and move on positively with their lives.

 We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life, all ages (18+) and from all backgrounds to facilitate Restorative Justice Conferences and will receive all the training, and guidance they need to facilitate this service, including support from the council, police and other partner agencies.

 To find out more and request any further information about the programme please contact Debbie Parr on 07795223575 or email dparr@wakefield.gov.uk

Referral Order Panel Facilitators

Referral Orders were introduced in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and have been available to the Courts since 2002.

A Referral Order will be given to most 10 – 17 year olds pleading guilty and convicted for the first time in Court, unless the charge is serious enough to warrant custody. The order will last between 3 – 12 months depending on the seriousness of the offence.  After appearing in Court, the young person will be referred to the Youth Offender Panel who will consider the most appropriate course of action.

The Youth Offender Panel is made up of two or more volunteers recruited directly from the local community alongside one member of the multi-agency Youth Offending Team (YOT). The panel will meet with the young person and the parents or guardians to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and to discuss a way forward.  The victim is encouraged to attend the meeting to tell the young person how the crime affected them, to have questions answered and to repair any harm done either directly to themselves or to the wider community.  The young person is usually unaware of the consequences on the victim and family. The victim being present emphasises that every action has a consequence. Alternatively victims may choose to have their views represented, to submit a statement, to be kept informed, or not to participate in the referral order process in any way.

With all parties in agreement, a contract will be put together which will include an element of reparation, either to the victim directly or to the community at large. The contract will also include other elements to tackle the young person’s offending behaviour  eg.  drugs counselling, anger management or dealing with Education issues.  The contract will be supervised by the YOT and reviewed at regular panel meetings.  The conviction will be “spent” when the order is successfully completed.  If the young person fails to comply, they will be sent back to Court and a different sentence may be given.

Youth Offender Panels give members of the community who want to make a difference the chance to help tackle youth crime in their neighbourhood.

These panels will also for the first time, give victims a say in putting together a package, which will ensure young offenders repair the harm done.

It will be the responsibility of the panel to decide the right – and most appropriate – course of action, taking into account the young person’s offence and reasons for offending.

If you have any further questions or you would like an application form please contact Sue Smithson, Early Intervention and Practice Development  Co-ordinator on 01924 304155 or e-mail ssmithson@wakefield.gov.uk


Volunteer Opportunities for Young People

Volunteer kids

For more information about volunteering opportunities for young people visit Vinspired – the charity that connects young people with volunteering opportunities.

Take that next step now. http://vinspired.com/

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