Volunteer With CASS+
People volunteer with CASS+ for many reasons – to make a difference in their local community, to learn new skills and gain confidence, to improve employability by gaining experience in the criminal justice sector, or simply to meet new people and do something interesting with their spare time.
Every new volunteer is given a thorough induction, to ensure that you understand the criminal justice system and are equipped to handle the cases that you may find yourself dealing with.
This includes which people might require help, (defendant, victim, family member), and what issues they might present, where to refer people for specific help, how to handle difficult situations that might arise, and how to communicate effectively. Once volunteers have received their additional training, they will shadow within the CASS+ office, while their DBS check is processed, learning ‘on the job’ from a more experienced member of the team, until they are competent to fulfil the volunteer role.
Additional training is offered if volunteers are interested –
All our volunteers are supported by their Co-ordinator, and peer support from experienced volunteers, and all their volunteering expenses are covered.
Request to volunteer:
“I was in the cells, in Plymouth, just being let out on bail, and Carole came to speak to me, and talked to me like a human being. She referred me to a hostel, because I was homeless, so I moved in somewhere, and then she helped me fill in a form for benefits. She started me off turning my life around.
I decided to volunteer for them. I can spot a homeless person; I’ve been an alcoholic for 30 years, so maybe I can throw something in the mix myself. It keeps me sober, sitting in court and seeing what it’s like.
If CASS+ didn’t exist I’d have gone back to jail, without a doubt, or died.”