LAT runs a number of visitors services at prisons throughout the region, as well as at IRC Morton Hall, and we are looking for volunteers to support these activities. Volunteers can have a powerful and positive impact on the people they work with and volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. In addition, it can contribute to volunteers’ professional development.
Volunteers can offer their time Monday to Sunday, and weekends are one of our busiest times. Applications to become a volunteer are welcomed from people of all ages and backgrounds across the region, who have the commitment to work with both children and adult visitors to our Centres.
What does an LAT Volunteer do?
- Provides someone for the visitors to talk to
- Helps to support and give information to visitors
- Assist in facilitating activities for both adult and child visitors
- Bring fresh ideas and suggestions of activities to group sessions where possible
- To serve refreshments to visitors
- Help to ensure safety and wellbeing of visitors
We have a number of different volunteering roles including:
- Children and Families Prison Visits Volunteer
- Family Visits Craft Volunteer
- Departure Lounge Volunteer
Children and Family Prison Visits Volunteer
Visitors centres exist to meet the needs of adults and children visiting relatives or friends in prison and immigration removal centres. Prison Service guidelines state that they aim to offer ‘a safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are met with dignity and respect, provided with the facilities they need, and offered information, support and the opportunity to discuss the difficulties they may face in confidence.’ This statement is reflective of the visitors centres that Lincolnshire Action Trust runs.
Volunteers in this role will therefore offer a warm welcome to all visitors arriving for a domestic visit and assist in the process of booking in visitors. They will offer emotional and practical support to the families who are waiting for a visit, providing activities, information and answering questions when required.
A role description is available here
Locations: HMP Hull | HMP Humber (near Brough) | HMP Lincoln | HMP North Sea Camp (near Boston) |HMP Stocken (near Oakham) | IRC Morton Hall (near Swinderby)
Family Visit Craft Volunteer
Family visit days are held regularly throughout the year at each site, and last longer than standard domestic visits. Men are allowed greater freedoms during family days, being able to move around the visits hall to interact with their children. Food and activities are provided throughout the visit.
Volunteers in this role will therefore be able to assist in the development of themed activities prior at our Head Office in Lincoln prior to family visits. A role description is available here.
Departure Lounge Volunteer
Lincolnshire Action Trust’s innovative ‘Departure Lounge’ facility operates every weekday morning from 0830 for approximately 2-3 hours and is available to every person released from HMP Lincoln. It provides advice and practical support with finding accommodation, making contact with probation and supporting agencies, local services available, money and benefits, or simply giving directions. The Departure Lounge also provides a safe environment for family, friends, and support agencies to meet people on release. A role description is available here.
Location: HMP Lincoln
So, is it for you?
- Do you have a few hours a week to spare?
- Do you want to improve your skills and experience?
- Do you want to do something a bit different?
- Are you non-judgemental and enjoy helping others?
- If the answer is yes, why not become a volunteer for Lincolnshire Action Trust?
The Recruitment Process
- Email or call for more information or to request an application form. Alternatively download an application form from the website
- Complete and return the application form via post or email
- Applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview with the volunteer coordinator and/or a senior practitioner
- If both parties wish to continue the application process then references will be sought
- The applicant will then be invited to a volunteer training session relevant to the role they have applied for and a DBS form for an enhanced DBS check will be completed
- After training, the applicant will meet with the volunteer coordinator and/or senior practitioner after training to discuss next steps and the DBS form will be sent to the umbrella body for processing
Volunteers will be given regular support and supervisions, as well as the opportunity to access development opportunities and training. Volunteers are also reimbursed for ‘out of pocket’ travel and expenses incurred in the role
Want to sign up? The Lincolnshire Action Trust application pack can be downloaded here:
- Volunteer Application Form
- Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (optional)
- GDPR Volunteer Privacy Notice
Alternatively, if you would like more information, please contact us on 01522 806611 or email volunteering@LATcharity.org.uk