Volunteers Required for Brighton and Hove Coroner's Court

The Coroners' Courts Support Services

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Are you a caring, compassionate and sensitive person? Would you like to help support families and witnesses who may be experiencing a wide range of emotions and feelings when attending a Coroner's Court? 

The Coroners' Courts Support Services support practically and emotionally the family and other witnesses attending the Coroner's Court. We liaise with other parties appearing before the court to ensure their understanding of its role and the procedures, and we will refer families and witnesses to other agencies, if so requested, for ongoing help with coming to terms with their bereavement.

We are now looking for 4 more volunteers to join our lovely team, in supporting families when they need someone to talk to , and to explain the processes and procedures to them, during a sensitive and difficult time. We welcome every volunteer from all walks of life, and value the work they do for us.


We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Are caring, compassionate and sensitive.
  • Have a mature and supportive attitude.
  • Have the ability to work alone, and also as part of a managed diverse team.
  • Have the ability to work reliably within a rota system.
  • Can adhere to the policy of confidentiality.
  • Have good listening skills and able to communicate with a wide range of people which will include, but not limited to families, members of the public, Coroners, legal and medical professionals, Local Authority and Police staff.
  • Ability to communicate in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Have the ability to be adaptable. Able to use own initiative and react appropriately to changing situations. This could include when proceedings start later than anticipated or if the location of the court is changed, but not to go beyond the remit of the volunteer role.
  • Are computer literate with an understanding of and access to email.
  • Are willing to work with and in conjunction with the Coroner and the Coroner's Officers.


  • Helping to make a difference by supporting families during a difficult and sensitive time.
  • A very rewarding role.
  • Opportunity to gain experience and skills to enhance your CV 

Practical Considerations

  • You are willing and able to sit for extended periods of time. This role may not be suited to  those less mobile.
  • Able to commit to undertake initial induction and training, and refresher training.
  • Willing to be contacted and make contact with the Coordinator and Lead Volunteer.
  • Available for 2 court days per month, team meetings and regional meetings when held.
  • Able to agree to the Coroners' Court  Support Service holding ,and where appropriate sharing your personal information within the charity as set out in Privacy Notice, and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations May 2018. 

When do I need to be available?

Details Attend 2 court days per month after completion of induction process. Attend at least 4 team meetings per year, and attend all opportunities for refresher training and regional meetings when held.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Lewes Road
East Sussex

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training
    Initial training and refresher training