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Volunteering & mentoring

Volunteers are all too often able to add something that cannot be delivered by paid staff, who need to maintain a professional distance.”
Baroness Neuberger (2009)

Clinks promote all aspects of volunteering across the Criminal Justice System because of the added value that volunteers bring to offender rehabilitation.

Valuing volunteering

Clinks is investigating the factors that enable and hinder good volunteering in custodial settings, in order to produce a handbook of good practice for prisons. We want to hear from organisations that can provide examples of good practice. For more information click here

Volunteering guides

Clinks have produced a set of guides targeted at organisations who involve volunteers and provide services to offenders and ex-offenders. These are designed to help any organisation, whether they are well established or just setting up. Download the guides here

Volunteering case studies

Clinks have produced case studies to showcase good practice in the recruitment and retention of volunteers in organisations which provide services to offenders and ex-offenders. These are designed to help any organisation, whether they are well established or just setting up. Download the case studies here

Volunteering research

(September 2012) Clinks and the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF) sought the views of organisations on how they were using mentoring and befriending to support offenders and ex-offenders in prison, through the gate and into the community and to share findings and examples of good practice with the wider volunteering and mentoring network. Download report

Volunteering resources

Click here to visit our volunteering resources in Guides & toolkits section of the Resources page. 

And here's a handy collection of links to other resources on the subject which you may find useful. Visit the links section here