Volunteer Key Worker

Sussex Pathways

Register your Interest

You will:

  • receive comprehensive training before you begin and on an ongoing basis.
  • be matched with a prison leaver (your client) based on geography, risk assessment and your availability.
  • receive full background on the case, careful handover, direct support in managing the case, and regular feedback.
  • work in the community with a prison leaver who has reached out to us for help, providing a stable presence during a time of great anxiety.
  • support your client to access the professional services they need to successfully reintegrate into society.
  • meet with your client weekly in a public place, such as a café, or advocate for them at appointments with various agencies such as probation, housing, or benefits.
  • maintain regular contact through phone calls and emails. A secure mobile phone and email address will be provided.
  • receive ongoing support and feedback
  • benefit from regular one-to-one discussions with a staff member on your work and professional development.


Is key working right for you?
  • You are over the age of 18 years old with at least 4 hours a week to spare.
  • You will undergo a DBS check.
  • You are willing to support people who have been through the criminal justice system.
  • You are happy to volunteer within our established policies and procedures.
  • You will complete a volunteer application form prior to an introductory interview.
  • You are not required to have any previous knowledge of the criminal justice sector. 


  1. Ongoing training
  2. Expenses paid
  3. Experience for social work or criminal justice careers

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training