We need volunteers to provide emotional support and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and others attending Inquests at the Coroner’s Court. Our volunteers at court also provide help and assistance to the Coroner’s Officers, as and when required. To make what can be a traumatic experience of attending an Inquest a little easier for families and witnesses.
Meeting and greeting bereaved family members and witnesses attending inquests. Explaining the inquest process and answering any questions the attendees may have and provide emotional and practical support.
We are looking for reliable, supportive people with excellent communication skills. A mature and calm attitude is needed in order to be able to talk to people during a sometimes bewildering and emotional experience.
New volunteers should possess good communication and listening skills and the ability to empathise with the people they support. The ability to work well as part of a team, as well as on their own initiative, and possess a caring and supportive attitude are important.
Crook Civic Centre
Volunteers must be willing to undergo a period of observations and shadowing, as well as attend a 3 day training course. A minimum expectation of attending court to provide support one day (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) per fortnight is asked for. Training and mentoring are provided and travel expenses to the court are reimbursed.
Regular support, team meetings and role satisfaction supporting people through what can be a very traumatic experience.