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.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
To “draw alongside” clients and to support them during their time at court whether as members of the regular court community or attending in relation to a particular case.
To offer companionship and a ‘listening ear’ for that moment on a one to one basis.
To promote the work of BCCS to all potential clients by making it known that there is a DTc or DTW available, if needed.
To help clients to identify and clarify issues of concern, referring these, with client’s agreement to the DTC or DTW or appropriate support agencies through the BCCS Assist Team.
To help clients find their way around the court system, indicating the location of the information desk and boards, location of Quiet / Prayer Room, washing facilities etc.
To maintain client confidentiality and under no circumstances must any information be shared / discussed with any other person without the direct consent of the client. This includes religious organisations such as Churches and Mosques.
To work as part of a wider team and be willing to participate in related court activities including training, consultation and promotion of BCCS.
To act as an “Ambassador” for BCCS within their own sphere of influence.
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?
21 years old or over
Able to maintain confidentiality
Sufficiently healthy to undertake the role on a regular basis
Ability to work as part of a multi-faith team
Willing to undertake training to develop a thorough understanding of the Court system
Good Listening and Communication skills
Good Interpersonal skills
Experience of working in a support setting
Experience and understanding of the Court system
Need to be reasonably fit & healthy as there can be periods of standing around
- Age restrictions
Over 21 years old
- 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 Form
- Trial Period
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 09/08/2022
End Date: 31/07/2024
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.
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