The Quaker Service is currently recruiting a new group of volunteers to train as befrienders in Magilligan & Maghaberry prisons and Hydebank Wood College.
There are many reasons why families and friends have limited or lost contact with people in prison but good social support is one of the main factors in reducing reoffending. Prison befrienders provide support which in time can alter attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and make a real difference to lives and communities.
What does the role involve?
- Visiting an isolated person in prison
- Developing trust and a supportive relationship through regular contact
- Offering guidance and support
- Speaking on behalf of the person in custody where appropriate
- Recording and reviewing progress
Prison volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring different experience to the role. If you have an accepting and non-judgemental attitude, empathy and an interest in the welfare of people in prison, you might want to consider becoming a volunteer with the Quaker Service?
This opportunity will enable volunteers to gain experience and training in the criminal justice system and meet new people as part of a dedicated team. Full one to one and group support and training is provided. Out of pocket expenses covered.
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