Last month YSS delivered a two-day training course to participants interested in joining the charity as a volunteer.  

The volunteer mentor training event was held in Worcester, and was delivered by YSS Operations Manager David Andrewartha, and Volunteer Coordinator Laura Evans. The course covered a wide variety of topics, including communication and boundaries, to prepare delegates for becoming mentors for several YSS criminal justice services, including Accessing Resources in the Community, Divert, Enhanced Support Service and Meet and Mentor.

During the second day of training, YSS staff members from different services, Georgia Boyce, Claire Magnay and Sarah Bowcott, visited the event to share information and experiences about the services they work on, and the service users that YSS supports.

Laura commented: “It was a great event and the group worked really well together. It was wonderful to hear about their reasons for wanting to become a volunteer with YSS, and to observe their motivation and interest in the work that YSS does.”

Feedback from the trainees included: “The course was very thorough; I feel like I really learnt a lot” and “it was very well presented, friendly and informative.”

Following the training event, the next step will be for the applicants to meet with Laura to complete their training debriefs and discuss whether the role is right for them.

Laura said: “We’re delighted to have new volunteers on board and I look forward to catching up with them to discuss the different opportunities available in person.”

If you’d like to join YSS as a volunteer, or if you’d like more information about the opportunities available at the charity, please click here or contact [email protected].