South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion - Volunteer Support Assistant
Hosted by: South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion

The Liaison and Diversion (L&D) Service works with people of all ages (including children and young people) with a wide range of vulnerabilities including poor mental health, substance misuse, homelessness and learning disabilities, who have offended or are at risk of offending.
We support service users who have contact with police stations, the courts, prisons and probation. The aim is to work together to reduce the risk factors for reoffending by providing short-term support and signposting service users into longer-term support services.
SWYPFT (South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust) won the contract to deliver the Liaison and Diversion Service across South Yorkshire from April 2019. Touchstone is delighted to be a part of this partnership, providing the exciting volunteer and peer support element of the service.
Volunteers will get the opportunity to gain experience of working with people who have contact with the criminal justice system as part of an exciting new service. You will work as part of a team drawing upon your lived experience to support service users.
L&D Volunteers will provide emotional and practical support to South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion service users.
L&D Volunteers will be expected to accompany service users to external appointments, other projects/services e.g. court appearances, health appointments, interviews etc. The volunteer will provide emotional and practical support and advice in line with the service users needs.
There will also be an expectation that volunteers will be willing to undertake appropriate training to increase their knowledge, skills and awareness. This volunteering opportunity is very varied and interesting.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tues AM, Tues PM, Weds AM, Weds PM, Thur AM, Thur PM, Fri AM, Fri PM

How many volunteers are needed:

5

Recruitment process:

First contact would be via telephone or email, followed by application form and interview. Suitable applicants would then have to complete a disclosure interview and an enhanced DBS would be required. Following receipt of the DBS a volunteer induction would be required before starting their volunteering experience.

Skills and quaifications:

This volunteering position would suit people who have personal lived experience of the Criminal Justice System and who may also have lived experience of other vulnerabilities eg mental health substance misuse homelessness and/or learning disabilities.
Volunteers should be empathic, assertive and understanding of the needs of the service users and be able to support others to achieve goals. Volunteers should also be non-judgemental and have good communication skills.

Suitable for specific groups: BME, Ex-offenders, LGBTQ+, Substance misuse, Unemployed
Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Community Work