Supporting a family during a prison visit  with PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) (VG) (Ref: 1608)
 
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When a loved-one is in prison, maintaining a healthy family life is difficult but by facilitating visits in a positive way, the impact on children particularly, is greatly reduced. From making cups of tea for the adults, to playing with a toddler while the parents talk, volunteering for PACT makes a huge difference on families lives. Your contribution will help minimise the effect imprisonment has on those who have committed offences, their families and their communities. Families should always be treated with empathy, in a respectful, non-judgemental way - all of which helps lead to a successful visit for all concerned.
What are they looking for?

A calm persona is essential for this role. You would be able to deal sensitively with prisoners and their families, respect confidentiality and be confident in your communication and interpersonal skills.

Facilitating a family visit means flexibility is key. You could be engaging children of various ages in a play session, within the Visits Hall, allowing families the space to talk. You would also be a good and patient listener, providing understanding and support to families during a difficult and emotional time.

Working both alone or in a team, you will be organised and able to use your initiative.

Practical

Times and locations of roles vary but all require DBS clearance and some will also require Prison Vetting Clearance. (This can take some weeks to process.)

Full training and induction will be provided and volunteer expenses will be covered.

Unfortunately this role is not suitable for those with additional support needs.

When: Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon
Age requirements: Over 18
Where?

HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 8DB

About PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) (VG)
 
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PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) aims to support prisoners and their families to make a fresh start and to minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on offenders, families and communities.

They provide a range of services from supporting families through prison visits, supervising play, catering and family activities; providing prison and community-based relationship and parenting education programmes as well as court and community support, mentoring and befriending services and a national helpline.

They believe all families of men and women in prison should have the opportunity to visit their loved one.

See all roles with PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust) (VG)