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VRU Citizens' Advisory Panel

POST: Citizens' Advisory Panel Volunteer- VRU

 Is the safety of your community important to you? Are you committed to improving outcomes for children, young people and families affected by serious violence and its causes?

At the Violence Reduction Unit, we are looking for volunteer community members to join our new Citizens’ Advisory Panel to inform decisions about what happens to prevent and reduce serious violence, including knife crime.

We are particularly interested in volunteers who identify as one of the following;

  • live in communities that experience higher levels of knife crime or violence
  • have lived experience of serious violence
  • are under 25 years old
  • represent a part of a community with protected characteristics including African, African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, Roma, LGBTQ+, disabled, and women

The VRU already engage with many community groups, so we would particularly welcome individuals with lived experience who wish to represent their community rather than a particular organisation.

For further information, please see the Terms of Reference for the Citizens’ Advisory Panel and the Role Description for members below. There is currently no closing date for applications.

You can also call our to Youth and Community Lead, Jacqueline Lockhart, on 07804 493182 (10am-4pm Mon-Weds).

TERMS OF REFERENCE & ROLE DESCRIPTION

Who we are:
The Violence Reduction Unit is a partnership which includes the Police, Health, Local Authorities, Prisons and Probation and is chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner.  Our goal is to prevent and reduce serious violence in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire through community-led projects, research, and evaluation, building consensus through community partnership to create lasting change.

What the Citizens’ Advisory Panel is:
The Citizen’s Advisory Panel is a new forum which will provide opportunity for members of our communities to review and make recommendations to the Strategic Violence Reduction Board, which oversees the work of the Violence Reduction Unit. 

Why we need you:
We want communities impacted by serious violence to inform what we do and help to communicate key messages from the VRU back to your community.

Who you are:
We are particularly interested in volunteers who identify as one of the following;

  • live in communities that experience higher levels of knife crime or violence*
  • have lived experience of serious violence
  • are under 25 years old
  • represent a part of a community with protected characteristics including African, African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, Roma, LGBTQ+, disabled, and women

The VRU already engage with many community groups, so we would particularly welcome individuals with lived experience who wish to represent their community rather than a particular organisation.

You will have knowledge of the issues and experiences of the community and will also have some influence, or desire to influence, change in the community. We do not expect you to be an expert on aspects of serious violence, but you will be willing to learn.

*This may include but is not limited to representatives from the following localities: Newark, Mansfield, Worksop, St Ann’s, Radford and Arboretum, Bilborough, Clifton and Sneinton.

What is expected from you:

You will be asked to:

  • attend meetings of the Citizens’ Advisory Panel (anticipated to take place every three months in the evening).
  • read relevant documents, minutes etc prior to meetings
  • raise community issues and concerns
  • represent communities of locality and identity
  • identify ways to share information back to the community
  • attend training and events to increase knowledge and understanding
  • identify and champion initiatives which will make a difference
  • be prepared to attend community meetings and be part of discussions around tackling local issues

 
What you will get in return:
An opportunity to influence how we keep children, young people and communities safe.

In addition you will be provided with

  • a thorough induction to the role
  • development opportunities, including free training and online learning
  • relevant information to keep you informed, including key documents
  • any reasonable adaptations you might need
  • feedback and updates from the Board
  • any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses


How to apply:
If you would like to become a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Panel please submit an expression of interest to vruteam@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk. Using the above role description as a guide, please state why you would like to become a member of the Panel and what strengths and knowledge you think you could bring to the role.

We look forward to hearing from you!