What do volunteers do?

YJS are always interested in hearing from new volunteers. We understand that people volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from a general interest in helping young people, to a need to build up work experience for new career possibilities.

Volunteers give whatever time they can depending on their own commitments and the YJS offers a flexible approach to this. There are opportunities across North Yorkshire. As a volunteer we offer you comprehensive training programmes and quality support and supervision, so you can make a real difference to the lives of young people.

We use volunteers in four key roles:

  • Referral Panel Members who sit on community panels which meet with young people, their parents and sometimes their victims to agree a contract to repair harm that has been caused and prevent further offending.
  • Appropriate Adults who attend police stations to assist young people who have been arrested and whose parents are unable to attend.
  • Reparation supervisors who supervise one or more young people engaged in unpaid community work.
  • Mentors who support young people on a weekly one-to-one basis over the longer term to help their motivation and engagement.

What our volunteers say

George, YJS Volunteer - “I volunteer to help young people realise a positive outcome…to encourage their personal and social development so that they may transform their lives.”

Jeni, YJS Volunteer - “Through helping young people I feel I am making a positive contribution to society, making a difference. I learn from young people too.”

Becoming a Volunteer with YJS

If you feel you can have a positive impact on young people and have the time and enthusiasm to make a difference, please contact for further information or an application pack:

Harrogate, Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton areas:
Helen Chapman, Practice Manager based in Harrogate on 01609 798589 or by e-mail to Helen.chapman@northyorks.gov.uk

Scarborough and Whitby, Ryedale and Selby areas:
Ed Horwood, Volunteer Co-ordinator based in Scarborough, on 01609 536293 or by e-mail to ed.horwood@northyorks.gov.uk

The North Yorkshire Youth Justice service employs approximately 100 staff in a wide range of professional and ancillary roles. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing the quality and diversity of our staff team.

Click here to see our current vacancies.

Head Office | Room SB004 | County Hall | Racecourse Lane | Northallerton | DL7 8AD | Telephone 01609 536168
West YJS
| Delta House | 12b, North Park Road | Harrogate | HG1 5PG | Telephone 01609 535030
East YJS
| 2nd Floor, Pavilion House | Westborough | Scarborough | YO11 2JN | Telephone 01609 534751
Selby YJS
| Community House | Portholme Road | Selby | YO8 4QQ | Telephone 01609 534751

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