Community Placement Volunteers support young people who are carrying out hours of ‘reparation’ in the community. Reparation is a term used to describe an element of a young person’s court order whereby he or she undertakes to take part in activities aimed at ‘repairing the harm’ caused by offences he or she may have committed. This role is great for anyone interested in working ‘hands on’ with young people and training will be given to help you to carry out the role. Activities may include helping out at sports sessions, helping in in the community at charity organisations or assisting on community projects such as gardening etc. The aim of our projects is to help to give something back to the local community and also repair the harm caused to a victim, so you’ll often be doing more than just helping young people!
As a Community Placement volunteer you will be expected to:
Be non-judgemental and able to communicate with young people in a way that they can fully understand what is expected of them.
Help run small group or one-to-one activities with young people from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels of individual need and abilities.
Be ‘hands on’ and take part in activities whilst offering encouragement and support to the young people and challenging inappropriate behaviour where necessary.
Help staff and other volunteers set ground rules and explain tasks to the young people to ensure all activities run safely and everyone can get involved.
Help staff and other volunteers explain the meaning of reparation to young people; the benefits to both Victims/Community and young people.
Recognise the individual needs and learning styles of each young person and work with everyone fairly and respectfully.
Carry out your role with patience, commitment and enthusiasm.
Attend relevant training courses, one-to-one supervision and group meetings.
Inform staff about any issues of concern, particularly in relation to safeguarding.
Complete all necessary paperwork in required time limits.
Be available during the week/at weekends for a reparation session at least 1 session across a 2 week period or 3-4 sessions per month.
Live within the city boundaries and have access to reliable transport as you may need to sometimes collect young people and possibly take equipment to a placement.
Carry out your volunteering in line with Portsmouth City Council guidelines on safeguarding, confidentiality, equality and diversity and health and safety.
- Limited Physical Access
- DBS check required
- Expenses reimbursed
- Volunteers covered by insurance
When can I volunteer?
Citizens Advice Portsmouth
Charles Dickens Community Orchards
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Dreams Come True