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The Justice Advocacy Service (JAS) is currently looking for Volunteers to assist clients with Cognitive Impairment who are in contact with the Criminal Justice System. The JAS volunteers support victims, witnesses, suspects and defendants at Court, police stations and legal appointments.

What does a JAS volunteer do? • Helps the person understand their rights and consequences of exercising them • Helps the person understand outcomes, including Court orders and bail conditions • Facilitates communication with Court staff, police and lawyers • Makes police and lawyers aware of the person’s support needs • Helps the person complete paperwork • Provides emotional support • Provides feedback to the Justice Advocate about follow up required for the client

The JAS is a program of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS). IDRS provides free services for people with cognitive impairment across NSW providing help with legal problems. We work alongside people with cognitive impairment to promote and protect their rights. More information and direct applications can be found on the IDRS website.

Volunteers must be flexible and have availability 9am - 5pm during week days, especially local Court list days. Volunteers will receive comprehensive training enabling them to effectively support clients with Cognitive Impairment. Potential volunteers will possess a tolerant and empathetic manner, developed and effective communication and listening skills, along with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and boundaries.

This is a long term volunteering position requiring a minimum commitment of 12 months. IDRS is a Centrelink approved organisation.

Would you like to truly make a difference in your community?