Volunteers wanted for visitor centre

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A long-standing North East charity has launched an appeal for people to sign up to help support families and children of prisoners.

Nepacs is particularly keen to recruit more volunteers at HMP Northumberland near Acklington – a category C establishment that caters for male adults over the age of 21.

Staff and volunteers from the charity provide a number of services from a number of prisons across the region, including visitors’ centres and tea bars, play sessions for prisoners’ children, family visits, listening support and a youth project.

The Northumberland Visitors’ Centre team are looking for people with a few hours to spare each week or fortnight to volunteer in the centre, tea bar or play area. The facility is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons.

Centre manager Adrienne Ruddock said: “Nepacs has worked with families of prisoners at HMP Northumberland, and its predecessor prisons, for over 15 years. We have a fantastic team of staff and volunteers here, some of which have been here since the visitor centre first opened.

“We are always interested in seeking more volunteers to join our team and share in our experience of providing a warm and friendly environment for families visiting loved ones in prison. Volunteering can also provide you with valuable training and experience.”

No previous experience is required, but if you would like to help out in the play area it would suit someone who has training in childcare. References and security clearance will be required.

If you are interested, call Ms Ruddock on 01670 383736 or email aruddock@nepacs.co.uk to find out more.