Prison Visitors provide a vital service for prisoners with no / or no accessible family support who often feel lonely and confused. This is in the form of befriending on a regular, one-to-one basis. The prisoners want a friendly person who they feel comfortable with and who they can chat to. The Prison Visitor brings the outside in to the prisoner. We are actively recruiting prison visitors for whom there is a desperate need. Prison visitors can attend during the normal friends and family sessions and legal visits. They should aim to arrive 15 minutes prior to a visit to allow for the required booking in process.
What are you looking for?
A mature person who understands confidentiality and has listening and social skills. An awareness of boundaries is absolutely essential in what is the most unstructured situation for volunteers. As many of the prisoners requiring prison visitors are from overseas including other European countries an awareness of ethnicity issues and/or knowledge of other languages would be particularly useful, but are not essential.
You will need your own transport to get there. Periodic midweek and occasional Saturday morning volunteer training sessions
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