The Community Centre
Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.00
Offering support and encouragement to newly-release prisoners
As volunteers we meet prisoners pre-release to build trust with them.
Once they have been released we meeting them about once a week for a chat and a cup of coffee to encourage and support them. Many prisoners face multiple hurdles on release in signing on with doctors, getting benefits, finding a home to live in, looking for a job, dealing with addictions, depression and anxiety, and re-connecting with family and friends.
We offer support to our own volunteers through peer meetings, and one-to-one meetings. These are very important.
Volunteers offer about half a day a week, excluding holidays and other times that they are away. It takes about a year for new volunteers to get the hang of things. Because of this we look for a two year commitment.