Volunteer Support Worker

BCCS Assist, an independent Charity, was set up in 2009 to provide a multi-faith (all faith and none) Chaplaincy service to all court users at the Bradford Magistrates’ Court and Bradford Combined Courts Centre. Many defendants are unrepresented and are persistent, petty offenders with many problems. Our team will offer a listening ear, help with paperwork and accompany clients into court. Where appropriate, we will challenge offending behaviour with a problem solving approach, signposting to local support agencies as appropriate. Issues tackled include – alcohol & substance abuse, bereavement, debt management, domestic abuse, homelessness, mental health issues. Often more than one are interlinked.


Do you have a passion for helping those less fortunate than yourself? Are you:- • A good listener? • Able to keep a confidence? • Caring? • Friendly? • Non-judgemental? • Patient? • Reliable? • Sensitive & supportive? • Sympathetic? • Trustworthy? Do you have time on your hands – are you able to commit up to one morning or afternoon each week?


  • Accessibility
    Need to be reasonably fit & healthy as there can be periods of standing around
  • Age restrictions
    21yrs to 85yrs
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    reasonable travel expenses are re-imbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

Application Process

  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • References
  • Trial Period

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Volunteers need to be on site to cover the court sessions, Monday to Friday, generally:- 9.30am - 1pm 1.30pm - 4.30pm We ask that volunteers are available to cover at least one court session per week.


c/o Bradford Magistrates Court
The Tyrls
West Yorkshire

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