Our aim is to improve the quality of the visits for children and their families, to help maintain family relationships, to encourage play opportunities during visits
We need committed volunteers to regularly support play activities in order to build relationships between fathers and their children during prison visits and Family Days.
Purpose of opportunity:
To work in the Visit Centre, Visit Hall area and Outdoor Play Area of the prison when children come to visit their family members and to facilitate play between them and their children.
To support the children and families of prisoners during visits.
To promote positive play for the family.
To build trust with the children and families who visit the prison.
To provide a signposting and information service to visiting family members, regarding ‘what to do on your first visit’, access to the ‘assisting a visit’ financial support programme and any other queries of support needs that a family may require.
Volunteers in this role will:
Engage children in play
Help create a safe, positive play environment
Promote play between Children and their family members
Make all children and families feel welcome and valued
Report any Safeguarding concerns or any accidents.
Ensure that prisoners have appropriate activities at their visit table to promote family play.
Ensure that the play area is tidied at the end of the visit.
Monitor the condition of toys / games and report any damage.
Provide information and support to visiting family members throughout the visit, as required.
Ideally we are looking for volunteers who could make a regular commitment once a week/fortnight
Visits take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4.00pm. Our visit centre opens at 12:00 for families to arrive. In addition Family Days take place 12 times a year on different days to regular visits.
Training, support and other role benefits include:
Supervision and support (via group supervision and telephone support)
Access to Barnardo’s Hidden Sentence Training
Access to Barnardo's training programme
Access to Barnardo's Internal Vacancy Listing
This is a unique opportunity if you enjoy working with children. Barnardo's will require you to complete registration and an enhanced DBS disclosure. You will also need Ministry of Justice clearance. You will be given Induction training and receive full support and supervision from staff. Travel expenses can be covered within agreed limits.