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Volunteer shares her experiences to inspire others to work with us

7 June 2016

One of our volunteer mentors has shared her experiences of working with our service users to help inspire others to give their time.

In a profile for our website, Val Jacobs, explains how her work has helped service users to access benefits and housing support, as well as keeping them on track with good progress.

Volunteers work alongside our staff to develop and deliver an action plan of practical support that helps improve the service user’s engagement and compliance with their order/licence requirements.

Val said: ‘Volunteering with KSS CRC you get to work directly with service users and can see first-hand the difference you are making. It is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience while doing something extremely worthwhile.’

To read Val’s profile piece, click here.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic, empathic volunteers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support our work with service users during their sentence.

Volunteers support our work by advising, mentoring, assisting and befriending our service users.

If you would like more details about volunteering, click here.

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Experience of volunteer Aron

When I first met John*, he came across as being very shy and quiet. I attended an initial meeting where I met with Johnís Probation Officer and we agreed actions and goals for him to take to help aid his rehabilitation and tackle the issues that have led him to commit the crime in the first place.

The help of volunteer David

I was asked to work with Andrew* to help improve his self-esteem and decision making skills which led to his drug abuse. At our regular meetings, we explored solutions to his issues and obstacles to his future aspirations. Slowly through this work, his perceptions about himself began to change from feelings of guilty and helplessness, to being able to acknowledge his own personal strengths and attributes.