Volunteering at Leeds Youth Offending Service

Leeds Youth Offending Service have created some short films explaining more about the volunteering roles they have available.

Leeds YOS film still

The short films were born out of a desire to bring the volunteering roles at Leeds Youth Offending Service to life, rather than the universal role descriptions and application packs that have historically been sent to those interested in volunteering.

Each film explains more about a volunteering role with a particular emphasis on showing the diverse range of volunteers that connect with the service. View them to 'get a feel' of the volunteering roles available.

There are five films:

Use the links to view the films on YouTube

The 'Why volunteer with us' video tries to capture the variety of reasons and motivations for people to volunteer with us. A range of community settings were used to set the scene and highlight diversity and capture volunteers personal thoughts and reflections. The other videos focus on specific volunteering roles that are available.

Leeds Youth Offending Service (Leeds YOS) intend to use the videos in community settings to demonstrate the variety of roles available and the experiences that would be gained through volunteering with them.

The videos will be used as a training tool for new volunteers with Leeds YOS. They are currently in discussion with YJB (Youth Justice Board) to highlight the videos to all those working in the youth justice field, via their Effective Practice Library. In essence the videos are a resource and good practice guide.

Creating the films

Leeds YOS worked in partnership with a charity in York, Stretch, who had worked previously with the young people involved with the service. Having worked on creative projects with the service, Stretch had an understanding of the core work. The films were created by Christopher Spence, from York, who worked with young people, staff and volunteers from Leeds YOS throughout the process. It was a positive experience for everyone involved.

More about Leeds YOS

Further details about Leeds YOS are available on the Leeds City Council website www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Leeds-Youth-Offending-Service.aspx