The role of the volunteer is to provide a community of support and accountability which encourages and supports the Core Member to live a life without causing further harm.
I found the training very thorough and much as I had expected. The opportunity to meet other volunteers, participate in role-play and hear presentations from experts provided much learning. I got on well with Circle members and always felt valued by the project. I looked forward to the weekly meetings and social outings.
- To reduce Core Member’s emotional loneliness and isolation by being part of a structured support network which includes other volunteers and professionals
- To model positive social and life skills
- Challenge Core Member’s inappropriate attitudes, behaviours and thoughts that relate to their risk of re-offending
- To help Core Member follow their Relapse Risk Assessment Management Plan.
- To work in partnership with and share appropriate information with statutory services
How are Volunteers selected?
We are looking for trustworthy, well-balanced people who are committed to the values of restorative justice and the belief in a shared responsibility to protect people in our communities from sexual harm. To be a CoSA Volunteer you need to be 21 or over / Fluent in English / Have the ability to travel within the greater Dublin area by public transport or private vehicle. All CoSA Volunteers are Garda Vetted.
What time commitment is expected of Volunteers?
Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of one and a half hours per week for 12-14 months.