Restorative Justice Volunteer
Hosted by: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

We are recruiting for local volunteers in the Barnsley area to be part of the new Neighbourhood Justice programme.

The role of Neighbourhood Justice Facilitator
Neighbourhood Justice facilitators are volunteers from the local community and are trained to deliver restorative justice for anti-social behaviour and neighbour disputes.
Becoming a volunteer is a great opportunity to become more involved in your local community. Facilitators receive free restorative justice training and an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
By becoming a facilitator, you will be at the heart of communities, engaging with local people and providing them with the tools and guidance they need to resolve conflict and move on.

What is the Neighbourhood Justice Programme?
The neighbourhood Justice programme provides a safe and neutral environment for restorative justice meetings to take place. Restorative justice gives victims the opportunity to communicate with the person who has caused them harm. It is an opportunity for the victim to explain how an incident has affected their life and hold the perpetrator to account for what they have done. It is an opportunity for the perpetrator to take responsibility for their actions and try to make amends. Research suggests that restorative justice has significant benefits for victims and also helps reduce reoffending.

Hours: There are no set times/hours. Each volunteer is expected to manage one case per month at times that fit around the volunteer’s schedule and the schedule of the participants.
Location: Community and home based. On occasion volunteers will be required to meet with the Neighbourhood Justice Coordinator for supervision. The role will cover the cost of expenses and mileage.
To apply for the role please contact the Neighbourhood Justice Coordinator at Carlamoore@barnsley.gov.uk to request an application form

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Mon EVE, Tues AM, Tues PM, Tues EVE, Weds AM, Weds PM, Weds EVE, Thur AM, Thur PM, Thur EVE, Fri AM, Fri PM, Fri EVE, Sat AM, Sat PM, Sat EVE, Sun AM, Sun PM, Sun EVE

How many volunteers are needed:

10

Recruitment process:

The recruitment process is by an initial application form which you can request from carlamoore@barnsley.gov.uk. Applicants who meet the criteria identified in the role description will be contacted and offered a telephone interview. Volunteers will also be subject to DBS checks. Successful applicants will then be invited to take part in a 3 day training course which they must complete before commencing the role. Volunteers will be assessed throughout the training programme to determine if they are appropriate for the role. Completing the training is not a guarantee that an individual will be accepted into the role, which will be at the volunteer coordinators discretion.

Skills and quaifications:

In order to become a volunteer you must:
• Be over the age of 18
• Demonstrate effective communication skills, which includes the ability to:
o Actively listen
o Be aware of and be able to read non-verbal communication
o Summarise and reflect back
o Use telephone communication skills
• Create a safe environment for participants, which includes the ability to:
o Show sensitivity to diversity and differences
o Use appropriate risk assessment and evaluation tools
o Identify the potential for any conflict
o Assess imbalances of power
o Remain impartial
o Be aware of safety and confidentiality issues around the disclosure of personal information and comply with the data protection regulations set out by Barnsley Council
• Treat people fairly, without discrimination on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity, ability, disability, sexuality, culture, faith or history of causing or experiencing harm.
• Record decisions and outcomes accurately.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and values of restorative justice.

Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Community Work, Legal work