Working together to build better futures
Welcome to our volunteering page, where you can find out more about how volunteering for Interventions Alliance can enable you to make a real difference to the people and communities we support and where you can apply to volunteer at one of our locations across the UK. You can find out more about our opportunities through our FAQs. If you are a returning volunteer, you can also access your MyImpact account at the bottom of the page.
At Interventions Alliance, we work with participants to improve areas of their lives they have identified as problematic. This could be:
- Supporting a participant to improve their overall emotional wellbeing;
- Mentoring them in an effective way that assists them in building new social networks that can support desistance from offending;
- Assisting individuals with the skills and confidence to find and manage their homes; and
- Helping a person on the path to employment by developing the right skills and acquiring the right training.
Suki Binning, Chief Social Worker and Executive Director of Justice and Social Care
"Volunteers give a tremendous amount of their time to support people with a criminal past in building better futures and wellbeing. The level of support we provide would not be possible without them, and they have become a much-valued part of our team.
“Volunteering is embedded in our delivery model, and we are keen to find new opportunities to expand the role they play as part of our mission to prevent more people becoming participants in a cycle of crime."
Ready to apply?
To apply, click the appropriate link below and complete the application from. A coordinator will soon be in touch regarding your application.
Have a question?
Check out our frequently asked questions below for more information on what’s included as part of our volunteering opportunities, or contact our Volunteer Team by clicking here.
In your role as a Volunteer Mentor you will offer personalised, one-to-one support to help improve participants’ who we support through the criminal justice system, equipping those they are supporting with the skills they need to succeed and to prevent individuals from becoming trapped in a cycle of criminality.
To become a volunteer you must first complete the online application and provide us with 2 references. You will then be invited to an online interview. Once you have passed the interview process you will be invited to online virtual training. Training is usually 2consecutive days 10am – 4pm.
Once you are trained, we shall request an enhanced DBS check for you and ask you to complete online training relevant to the role. You are then ready to be a mentor.
We ask that volunteers make a minimum 6 months’ commitment to our service after training, and usually this is for 3 hours per week. However, cases do vary.
Interventions Alliance will support volunteers with the costs of volunteering, with expenses covered. This includes being able to claim back up to £7 for buying a tea or coffee with your participant each week. We may provide and pay for a volunteer phone to be used specifically for contacting the participants you are working with.
Volunteers don’t have to be experts but must have a belief in change, a desire to support that change and be pragmatic, creative and resilient in their approach. Many of the skills that you need you will learn and develop while being a volunteer.
Once training as a volunteer you will have access to the professional training that Interventions Alliance staff attend. This allows you to have professional and up-to-date training as well as giving you the opportunity to network.Some of the courses are as follows.
- Mental health awareness
- Sex offender awareness
- Domestic violence
- Substance misuse
- Much much more.
Volunteering can enhance your personal growth and help strengthen your social relationships to your community. Through volunteering you can also develop existing skills and discover ones you didn’t know you had!
In return we can provide you with a valuable insight into the work of Interventions Alliance, opportunities to help develop your career, as well as experience of working with hard-to-reach clients.
No formal qualifications are needed, just an open mind, being reliable, having good communication skills, a desire to help others, basic IT skills, a few spare hours per week and you must be age 18+ to apply.
We are committed to working with those with convictions/ lived experience of the Criminal Justice System, but as we work with vulnerable adults some convictions are inappropriate for some roles.
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