We are delighted that you are interested in volunteering with us.
Volunteering has a long and proud history in probation, dating back to 1907 when the service was first launched by volunteers supporting people sentenced by the courts to become abstinent from alcohol.
Volunteers support the Community Rehabilitation Company and assist the organisation to rehabilitate and reintegrate service users back into the community. Having local people invest their time really helps service users believe they are capable of making positive changes to their circumstances and have a stake in their local community.
Volunteers are able to develop a unique rapport with service users because the offender knows that the volunteer is freely giving their time to help. This can help people feel valued.
Volunteers fulfil a variety of roles that all have a common goal: to improve offenders’ compliance with their orders and licences and to assist with their successful integration back into local communities.
Volunteers work closely with HIOW CRC’s staff to ensure they support the achievement of goals set out within an individual’s sentence plan.
Typically a volunteer may be asked to do any of the following:
- support and encourage people to stick to the terms of their licence or order
- assist offenders to complete application forms for housing and other agencies
- encourage and help individuals to set realistic goals and use their time positively
- encourage self-help and development of people’s self esteem
- help people access local services that enable them to overcome their problems
For more details about volunteering for HIOW CRC click to read our Volunteer Handbook.
What are we looking for in our volunteers
We are seeking individuals who can commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year, and who can offer a minimum of three hours of voluntary activity each week.
The majority of our volunteer placements occur during the working week. Opportunities outside of these times are extremely limited.
How to apply for a volunteer placement
If you are interested in volunteering, please download and complete this HIOW Volunteer Mentor Application form templated_June2017 and sent it by email to Ernie Grendall, ErnieGrendall@interservejustice.org.