Volunteer with us

The lives of individuals, their families, their friends, and, ultimately, our communities, are transformed here at CASS+. Each month, we have about 15 volunteers supporting around 150 people as they go through the courts in Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Bodmin and Truro.

We hold the lifetime achievement of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Volunteering with CASS+ could well be one of the most enriching experiences of your life.

How do I get trained up?

All our volunteers are assigned a coordinator and receive peer support. You will be fully supported with our inhouse wellbeing and on-demand training programmes:

  • Safeguarding

  • ASIST – suicide prevention

  • DASH – Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment risk assessment

  • Dementia training

  • Drug and Alcohol awareness

  • Mental Health awareness

What will I be doing?

Our volunteers reach out to people in the waiting areas and sit in court so that everyone knows that we are here to advise and support.

Once your DBS has been processed, you will learn how to help people in crisis, how to guide them through a daunting and complex system, and how to get them what they need, communicating along the way. You will

  • Increase your job prospects, skills, knowledge and experience
  • Discover more about our legal system
  • Meet interesting people
  • Broaden your horizons
  • Join a passionate team focussed on reducing the risk of re-offending

Many of our volunteers have gone on to careers in the criminal justice system, law, social work and academia. Mollie is a great example – volunteering has helped her find her vocation as a compassionate voice within our legal system and she is now studying law. Get inspired by Mollie’s story here.

All your volunteering expenses will be covered. You can find out more in our volunteers’ handbook here.

If you would like to join us and make a difference in Devon and Cornwall, please download the volunteer application form here, or fill in the form below:

    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.”