Family Support Court Volunteer

Sussex Prisoners' Families

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Volunteers in this role will attend a Sussex magistrates or crown court on an agreed day either once a week or fortnightly. The purpose of this role is to provide vital information and support to families and friends when someone close to them is sentenced or remanded to custody as well as promote the organisation and our services to Court staff and legal professionals.


    •  To have an interest in the needs of prisoners’ families
    •  To be professional and reliable
    •  To be friendly and approachable
    •  To be empathetic
    •  To have excellent listening and verbal communication skills
    •  To have the ability to communicate confidently with a wide range of people
    •  To be able to work well independently
    •  To be non-judgemental
    •  To work within boundaries and in accordance with the organisation's policies and procedures.


    1.  Experience in a court environment
    2.  Experience in supporting families
    3.  Being part of the Sussex Prisoners Families team.

    Practical Considerations

    Volunteers will be required to attend an interview and provide two independent references. Interviews are ongoing and our next training days are coming up in January and February 2023. 

    We are looking for people all over Sussex; Brighton and Hove 
    Hastings and Crawley. 

    When do I need to be available?

    Details Volunteers must be available to attend court for half a day every fortnight for a minimum period of six months. Volunteers need to be available for at least a morning or afternoon during court hours, which are usually 9.00am – 4.00pm.
    Morning Afternoon Evening

    Where does this role take place?

    Brighton Eco Centre
    39-41 Surrey street
    Brighton and Hove
    East Sussex
    BN1 3PB

    Register your Interest

    • Details
    • Disabled Access
    • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
    • Expenses
    • Health and Safety
      Risk Assessment carried out
    • Induction
    • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
    • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
      must be 18+
    • Support on Offer
    • Training
      Yes - initial and throughout the post