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 be 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:
Play Area Volunteer
Volunteers in this role will offer support and a warm welcome to all children who are visiting their father/family member. They will be responsible for setting out toys and equipment before visits begin, and tidying and checking toys after they end. At prison locations volunteers will play games with the children whilst they are in the Visitors Centre waiting to go for their visit. Once in the prison / IRC visits hall when the visit is taking place volunteers will undertake activities with the children and encourage them to take toys to play with the person they are visiting. At prison locations volunteers can limit their help and support to the Visitor's Centre if they prefer not to enter the prison. A role description is available here.
Locations: HMP Hull, HMP Humber (near Brough), HMP Lincoln, HMP Stocken (near Oakham) and IRC Morton Hall (near Swinderby).
Visitors Centre Volunteer
Visitors’ Centres exist to meet the needs of adults and children visiting relatives or friends in prison / at an IRC. 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. Volunteers in this role will assist in welcoming and registering all visitors arriving for a visit. They will support families who are waiting to go into the visit by offering listening support, providing information to first time visitors, and they also serve refreshments. The Visitor's Centre is based outside of the prison / IRC. A role description is available here.
Locations: HMP Humber (near Brough), HMP Lincoln, HMP North Sea Camp (near Boston), HMP Stocken (near Oakham), IRC Morton Hall (near Swinderby)
Tea Bar Volunteer
The tea bars play an important role in the prison / IRC visits room. In providing refreshments volunteers support both families and prisoners / detainees, help to create a social atmosphere, ease tensions and generally contribute to the quality of the visits. This role is based in the visits hall inside the prison / IRC. A role description is available here.
Locations: HMP Lincoln, IRC Morton Hall (near Swinderby)
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
- Applicants complete a volunteer application form.
- Applicants will be invited to attend a meeting with a Centre Manager and/or Volunteer Co-ordinator
- If both parties wish to continue the application process a DBS (Disclosure Barring Scheme) will be required and references will be sought.
- Applicants will be invited to attend three days of training.
- Applicants will meet with the Centre Manager and/or Volunteer Co-ordinator after training to discuss next steps.
Volunteers will be given training and will receive on going regular training and development in addition to regular supervisions. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel and expenses incurred in the role.
Want to sign up? The Lincolnshire Action Trust application pack can be downloaded here:
Alternatively, if you would like more information, please contact us on 01522 806611 or email hello@LATcharity.org.uk