Please note that a volunteer must have lived experience of Care and/or the Criminal Justice System.
The Nepacs Building Bridges project is funded by the Ministry of Justice under the Local Leadership and Integration Fund (LLIF) to improve the resettlement outcomes for care experienced / care leavers within the prison system. The project is an extension to the existing Care Leavers provision in HMP & YOI Deerbolt and involves in-depth support for care experienced young people in the final 6 weeks of their custodial sentences and 12 weeks post-release. This in-depth support is to aid resettlement and reintegration into the community and is delivered by our Care Leavers Resettlement Coaches.
The Building Bridges Lived Experience element of the project is a telephone based Peer Mentoring service for our young people who are in the 12 weeks post-release stage. The Lived Experience volunteer role is to offer support, advice and someone to talk to, so that our young people can have supportive conversations with someone who has similar lived experience to them and can relate to their situations.
Volunteers will be allocated a number of Peer Mentoring telephone contacts to conduct on a weekly basis. Volunteers will be required to plan and undertake the calls, provide feedback to the allocated Care Leavers Resettlement Coaches and complete monitoring tasks
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