Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust are seeking volunteers to mentor young people in the area as part of the Transition to Adult project.

Full details in the ad below:

t2aWe are looking for volunteers who have patience, commitment and drive to mentor and support young people aged 17-24 away from crime and towards attaining a range of adult skills and abilities so they can realise their full potential.

You would be matched to a young person and commit to meeting their needs for at least 12 months. This may include accompanying the young person to Court, supporting their achievement of qualifications, advocacy with housing providers, support with budgeting and introducing them to new activities and interests.

Volunteering for us will give you opportunities to make a difference in your community, make a difference in the life of a young person, meet new people and receive a robust recognised training package. If you are interested, then we would like to hear from you. If you are an employer, business, voluntary group or charity and would like to contribute in any way, including releasing staff so they can work as volunteers, then please contact us.

No formal qualifications are necessary for this role, although some knowledge of working with young adults with a range of issues, including alcohol and drug misuse and learning difficulties would be advantageous. However many different experiences are useful and relevant to our work, so candidates who are willing to persevere with a young adult who may be struggling, are encouraged to apply.

All successful volunteers  will be required to consent to an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check. This check will show any cautions, bindovers, and convictions. However don’t be put off from applying. Previous convictions do not bar you from volunteering.  Consideration will be given to the circumstances around the offence. Please note we are not able to consider applications from persons who are currently subject to Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders or Licence. If you have previously been sentenced to a custodial sentence, you will need to wait until after your sentence expiry date (SED) to apply.

How to apply

You can contact Miss Jassi Makh for an application form, on 0121-248-6547

Alternatively, visit website www.SWMprobation.gov.uk and down load the application form.

Please return all forms to ‘T2A’ 326/328 Hamstead Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B42 1SF.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 7th February 2013. (Please note interviews will take place week commencing 11th February 2013)

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