Heading Home is a project that has been designed to help prisoners and their families prepare for release. The periods of release and resettlement can be a challenging time for families, often because family members have different expectations and concerns about how life will be once their relative has left prison.
Volunteers in this role will offer 1:1 support, information and guidance to families of prisoners who are preparing for release. The volunteer will be offering a listening ear and emotional support as well as signposting people to other agencies, and offering some practical support. In the prison, volunteers will co-facilitate a group programme and also arrange and facilitate meetings between prisoners and their families to discuss release and resettlement. This element of the project will require specialist training which will be provided by Nepacs. Due to the specialist training that is required for this role, volunteers are asked to commit weekly or fortnightly though we would hope that some volunteers would have some flexibility so that the project is able to respond to the needs of the service users.
HMP Holme House and HMP Northumberland
Please this link: https://www.nepacs.co.uk/page/apply-to-become-a-volunteer to see which locations and times are available for this role.
By volunteering with Nepacs you can:
• Help families in need
• Give back
• Learn new skills
• Build your confidence
• Meet new friends.
All volunteers need to be able to commit to the following:
• A minimum of 3 hours of time (weekly/fortnightly)
• Attend and complete relevant training
• Commit to getting a DBS with our help
• Commit to getting prison security clearance where necessary
• Stay with Nepacs for a minimum of 6 months to a year
• Volunteering in holiday periods/out of term time