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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Sacro’s work could not be successfully delivered without the dedication and skill of its volunteers. This important and fulfilling work is the cornerstone of many of Sacro’s services.

 

If you have time to spare and are interested in doing something rewarding for your community, please contact us to find out more about volunteering with Sacro.

 

All volunteers receive full training, expenses and a car mileage allowance.

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Glasgow Criminal Justice
Volunteer Opportunities within Community Support, Throughcare Service and Sacro Travel Service

 

Sacro Criminal Justice Services provide services to offenders, ex offenders and families in the Glasgow area.  We are particularly keen to recruit male volunteers and volunteers with a wide range of life experiences. We are also keen to recruit a bank of female volunteers for community volunteering who could potentially be given an opportunity to become involved in a woman offenders mentoring project.

Criminal Justice work involves providing support and guidance in life-skills, budgeting, social skills, housing management and addressing offending behaviour.  Community Support Volunteering will involve supporting individuals who may have a wide range of difficulties e.g. homelessness, addiction issues, a history of offending and challenging behaviour.

Criminal Justice Volunteers would also assist families, providing information, practical and emotional assistance.

Sacro travel service requires volunteer drivers to assist families in making visits to Scottish Prisons.

For all opportunities training will be given to enable volunteers to deliver a service within Sacro policy and procedures.

You need to be a good communicator – both written and oral, a good listener and it is important that you are able to respect issues of confidentiality.

The time commitment will vary depending on the type of volunteering you prefer.  Full training will be given

Volunteering with Sacro’s Criminal Justice Services requires a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. However, Sacro would welcome interest from ex-offenders. If you are interested in voluntary work with Sacro, please come along to our informal open event on Tuesday 26 July 2011 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm when you can discuss volunteering with our staff. The open night will be held at Quaker’s Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Cresent, Glasgow, G2 4PS

 

Please telephone to confirm attendance:

Alison Macdonald,

Sacro Throughcare Service

2nd Floor, Central Chambers,

93 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6LD

Tel: 0141 248 1763

Email: amacdonald@glasgow.sacro.org.uk

Sacro Travel Service:  Volunteer Drivers Required

 

Enjoy driving?  Want experience in a Criminal Justice setting?
Sacro’s Travel Service is recruiting volunteer drivers.

 

The Travel Service aims to provide a regular transport service to many of Scotland’s prisons and the State Hospital at Carstairs.  The service is part of Sacro’s Throughcare Service, which enables prisoners to maintain important contact with their families and friends. 

At present, we do runs to the State Hospital at Carstairs, and a door-to-door service to H.M.P. Shotts, H.M.P. Glenochil, H.M.P. Polmont and H.M.P. Barlinnie.  The runs are carried out during the day and you will be paid expenses for volunteering with us.

 

Drivers should be friendly, non-judgemental, assertive, and punctual and be organised.  It is desirable for the volunteer to have experience of driving in the West, North and central belts of Scotland, but this is not essential.  Applicants must have a full, clean driver’s license and full insurance.

 

Sacro’s work could not be successfully conducted without the dedication and skill of its volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering with us, we would ask you to be able to commit to volunteering for at least a year and be regularly available.

 

For an application pack, please contact:

 

Laura Willet

Sacro, 23 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8PG

Telephone: 0131 622 7500

Or e-mail: lwillett@lothiancjs.sacro.org.uk

 

If you would like to chat about the requirements of the role, please contact Laura Willet on 0131 622 7500

Criminal Justice Services

 

Sacro Criminal Justice Services provide support services to offenders in order to assist them improve their social and life skills.

 

Criminal justice work involves providing support and guidance in life-skills, budgeting, social skills, housing management and addressing offending  behaviour. This may include drug/alcohol use, anger management, and specific offending related interventions.

 

You need to be a good communicator – both written and oral, a good listener and it is important that you are able to respect issues of confidentiality.

 

The time commitment will vary depending on caseloads but you will not be expected to volunteer for more than four hours per week. Full training will be given. Full expenses and car mileage will be paid.

Restorative Justice Services

 

Restorative Justice focuses on what needs to happen to address the harm caused by crime.  It does this by enabling communication about the crime to take place safely between the people responsible for an offence and those harmed.

 

Restorative Justice Service workers are individuals who will listen to both sides. They do not solve the problem personally but bring the two sides together to work out their own practical solutions for the future.

 

You need to be a good communicator – both written and oral; a good listener, able to remain impartial, be confident, flexible and reside in the area. It is important that you are able to respect issues of confidentiality.

 

The time commitment will vary depending on caseloads but you will not be expected to volunteer for more than four hours per week.  Full training will be given. Full expenses and car mileage will be paid.

Community Mediation Services

 

Our Community Mediation Services need people who are good listeners and can help people work things out for themselves.

 

We would like to hear from you if you live in one of our Community Mediation areas and can:

 

  • Listen without judging or commenting on who is right or wrong.
  • Help people at odds with their neighbour (separately) work out what needs to be done to improve the current situation
  • Help arrange a meeting where the people involved
  • (together) agree what needs to be done to improve the current situation
  • Have between two and four hours a week (day time or evenings) free to volunteer as a mediator working with service

 

  • Mediators receive training, support and supervision from the service
  • Mediators work in pairs and visit people in their homes
  • Expenses are re-imbursed.

How to apply

 

For an application form and further information on any volunteering opportunities with Sacro, please contact your local Sacro office in the first instance.


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