Volunteering for victim support in the courts Watch
What do you think of this, will it benefit me in terms of being employable in the future? I want to do this so that I can help people whilst improving and learning new skills
If you want to work with re-offenders, wouldn't it be best to try and get involved with some of those schemes? Working with victims is no bad thing, and would help if you wanted to do that with the police, but it doesn't seem to be what you want to do?
Thanks for commenting.
Although instead they accepted me to support victims
What are you studying at which university?
I don't work in the courts, but I do volunteer with Victim Support in the community, which I do really enjoy. However, the training you go on, has a mixture of people volunteering with the Witness Service/ Victims in the Community, I have also had to shadow in the courts before I could get accredited, so know the basics. So any questions let me know?
In all honesty though, it depends on what you want to get out of the experience. Working in the courts, you are there to support the witness throughout their day as it is probably an unfamiliar experience for them. Your role will include things such as explaining the court process, helping with special requirements (e.g. avoiding seeing defendant prior to trial) or arranging pre trial visits; you are NOT allowed to talk about the crime or the case as this may impact on what they give as evidence, and will be thrown out as 'contamination of evidence'. If you want to talk to people about specifics of their case, the community side would be more suitable.
P.s.it did take a few weeks to hear anything from them, so I wouldn't overly worry, but it wouldn't harm to send a follow up email, after all you are offering your time.
Go for it though, volunteering is great and adds so much stuff to your CV. Perhaps give them a ring to politely ask about your application.