Join our team of volunteers

This could be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of your life. You will meet new people; increase your job prospects, skills and experience; and discover more about our legal system. 

Fully supported

We hold the lifetime achievement of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. You will be fully supported with our inhouse wellbeing and training programmes so that you can get better and better at what you do. Many of our volunteers have gone on to successful careers in the criminal justice sector, social work, and academia.

If you want to make a difference in your community in Devon or Cornwall, we would love to hear from you.

Every new volunteer is given a full induction to ensure they understand the criminal justice system and are equipped to handle our huge variety of cases, from defendants, to victims, witnesses and their friends and family. You’ll be taught how to support people in crisis, how to guide them through a daunting and complex system, and how to get them to help they need, communicating effectively along the way.

How do I get trained up?

All our volunteers are supported by an assigned coordinator and receive peer support from our more experienced volunteers. All your volunteering expenses will be covered.

You can also access our on-demand training (see below), but before this happens, you will shadow more experienced team members whilst your DBS check is processed. We completely believe in learning ‘on the job’ until you are confident and competent to fulfil your volunteer role. You can find out more in our volunteers’ handbook.

  • Safeguarding

  • ASIST – suicide prevention

  • DASH – Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment risk assessment

  • Dementia training

  • Drug and Alcohol awareness

  • Mental Health awareness

Request to volunteer:

    Derrick’s story

    Derrick was someone that CASS+  helped. He has turned his life around and now volunteers for us.

    “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.”