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Volunteer opportunities with the Youth Justice Agency in the Newtownards area ( 6/03/2013)

The Youth Justice Agency has launched a recruitment drive for volunteers in the Newtownards area to support its work in making communities safer by helping children to stop offending.

Speaking at an evening reception to acknowledge the contribution made by existing volunteers, Youth Justice Agency Chief Executive Paula Jack said:

“Volunteers are positive role models for young people, assisting them in making productive life choices and diverting young people from a life of crime, thus enabling them to develop skills and maturity as they make the transition to adulthood.

We are seeking volunteers from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, ages and interests. We are particularly interested in applicants with skills in arts and crafts, drama, cookery, music, DJing, befriending and outdoor interests - however this list is not exhaustive.

Our volunteers fulfil a number of interesting and varied roles including supporting reparative activities, befriending or mentoring and helping young people to reintegrate back into their own communities.”

The Youth Justice Agency welcomes applications from interested persons aged 18 or over, who can commit to 2 to 3 hours per week and are willing to work unsocial hours and weekends if necessary.

It is specifically seeking volunteers from Newtownards, Bangor, Downpatrick and the surrounding areas.

All prospective volunteers will go through an interview, induction and training process before being formally registered as a Youth Justice Volunteer.

Please contact the Youth Justice Agency’s Newtownards office on 028 9180 1860 or email Janis.Proctor@dojni.x.gsi.gov.uk to request an application form.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 12th April 2013.

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