Could you help young people take a path away from crime? – Volunteer information evening

East Sussex County Council’s Youth Offending Team (YOT) is holding a Open Evening for anyone interested in volunteer work to help stop children and young people from offending.

The Open Evening will run as an informal, drop-in session, between 5pm and 7.30pm, on Monday 10th December, at St Mark’s House in Eastbourne.

Councillor Nick Bennett, Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness, said: “This event gives potential volunteers the chance to meet staff from the Youth Offending Team and to meet current YOT volunteers, so visitors can really get a feel as to what it’s all about – the benefits and the challenges!”

There are lots of different ways that people can help support the work of the team, including acting as an appropriate adult for young people in custody, supporting victims of youth crime and helping young people complete their community reparation work.

Ben Wyatt, YOT Volunteer Co-ordinator, explained further: “We’re looking for people who are motivated, reliable, enthusiastic and good communicators. It’s important that applicants understand that our work is focussed on supporting and helping these young people, not judging or punishing.”

All applicants must have a strong commitment to working without prejudice and they must have a level-headed approach to youth offenders and crime. And all successful volunteers will receive a thorough induction, a Criminal Records Bureau check and training package.

Ben said, “It’s really important that YOT volunteers feel fully supported, not least as this helps ensure that both parties get the best out of each other.”

If you’re interested in coming along, please contact Ben Wyatt on 01323 466633 or