Wigan Council
1 Library St


Role and Opportunity Details 

Youth Offender Panel Volunteer. We’re looking to recruit volunteers from the community to sit on Youth Offender Panels. These panels give the community a say in creating a plan of action to ensure young offenders put right the harm they’ve done and are given help to prevent further offending. By volunteering as a Panel member, you can help:- Ensure young offenders take responsibility for their behaviour. Repair harm to the victim. Reintegrate young people back into the community. Reduce crime in your area and make communities safer. What does the role involve? – A young person will attend a panel meeting if they have been given a referral order by court. Referral orders are the main sentence given to the majority of 10-17 year olds who plead guilty on a first-time conviction. Panel members meet with the young person, their parents or guardians and sometimes the victim, to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and agree a contract aimed at repairing harm done to the victim or community. Panel meetings can take place throughout the borough. Full training and regular support / supervision is provided.


Specific Skills Required

All volunteers will need to provide references to show they’re suitable to work with young people and will need to undergo DBS checks. You don’t need any formal qualifications to volunteer, but you should be prepared to take part in training.


Benefits of Volunteering with this organisation

Wigan Council offer high quality volunteer opportunities. Ensure you are valued and treated with respect throughout your time volunteering. Provide ongoing advice, training and support for you and your Volunteer Manager. Recognise your contribution. Outline your skills and explore opportunities for development.


Level of commitment required 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity


Date(s) / Time(s) Required

Not a regular set number of hours or days and is extremely flexible.

The panels are mainly held early evenings.


Volunteer Opportunity Number 

VO10015 (please make a note of this ‘VO’ number if applying for this role).