Court Support Volunteer - Sydney East, South, South West and West - # 190341Intellectual Disability Rights Service
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 - 4pm 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 6 months. IDRS is a Centrelink approved organisation. All volunteering takes place within COVID safe guidelines.
Volunteers gain a range of experiences associated with supporting people in the Criminal Justice System. Volunteers can learn about the court system and advocating for clients.