Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunties

There are countless volunteering opportunities across the criminal justice system you can get involved in to help make your community a better and safer place.

As a volunteer, you will be provided with full training and gain access to personal development opportunities.

Here are just a few volunteering opportunities in Lancashire. 

Have you got time to be a Special?

Police Special Constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment.  The role of a Special Constable is to carry out local patrols, take part in crime reduction projects, help challenge anti-social behaviour and help police local events. 

Find out more about becoming a Police Special Constable and other volunteering opportunities at Lancashire Constabulary.

Would you like to work with and support victims of crime in your community? 

You'll be trained in how to support a victim from their initial meeting with you until they feel strong enough to move forward themselves. You'll listen to their concerns and needs and potentially co-ordinate with other agencies to make sure that their needs are met.

Find out more about the Victim Support volunteering opportunities

Could you be a role model to a child or young person in difficult circumstances?

The Lancashire Youth Offending Team provides the opportunity for you to become a mentorto a local young person at risk of offending or sit on a referral order panel to direct the way forward for a young person who has committed an offence? 

Find out more about becoming a Referral Order Panel Member.

Do you want to become a Magistrate? 

Magistrates are volunteers who deal with around 95 per cent of all criminal cases in England and Wales. Serving as a magistrate can provide invaluable benefits to you and your community. You'll make an important contribution to upholding the law, and develop a deeper and broader understanding of your local community.

Find out more about by applying to become a Magistrate.

Would you like to become an Independent Custody Visitor or Animal Welfare Visitor?

Lancashire Police Authority offers you the chance to become an Independent Custody Visitor to check on the treatment of people held in police custody or become an Animal Welfare Visitor to check on the welfare of police dogs and horses? 

Find out more about becoming an Independent Custody Visitor or Animal Welfare Visitor.

Lancashire Criminal Justice Board

Lancashire Criminal Justice Board

Why not download a volunteer pack?

See also

Lancashire county council
Lancashire County Council has a diverse range of volunteer opportunities to offer across the authority, supporting a variety of services.
Volunteer opportunities include supporting adult social care, care services, children's centres, countryside service, youth offending team, trading standards, mystery shopping and many more. Find out more