Prisoners/Ex-offenders


Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves. Their service works with women in prison and the community with the most challenging and complex needs and they support women back into society within the Thames Valley area. The Women's Services Project (in partnership with Thames Valley CRC) is designed to provide support to female offenders across the Thames Valley area, to encourage full integration and to promote social inclusion. Pact are looking for a Women’s Project Volunteer Mentor. The role will involve supporting facilitating drop in sessions, carrying out 1:1 mentoring support, attending appointments with service users, supporting with correspondence and form filling etc. The volunteer should have previous experience of dealing with vulnerable people, be able to respect confidentiality and have excellent interpersonal skills. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

Thames Valley Partnership is a charity which works with others to provide long term solutions to the problems of crime and social exclusion. The seek to develop and promote RJ and is recognised nationally as one of the leading agencies in this field. Restorative Justice is one strand of the work that they do. It is a carefully managed process where victims are offered the opportunity to hear from the person who offered against them and ask any questions they may have about the offence. They are looking for Volunteer Restorative Justice Facilitators. This role involves preparing victims and offenders for the RJ interventions, facilitate the conference and check that any agreement has been carried out.

The New Leaf Project provides support to short term offenders serving less than 12 months who plan to resettle in Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire. Through mentoring they aim to help people resettle effectively, and address successfully any issues and challenges they have.  Their aim is to reduce reoffending and to help people to fulfil their potential. They are recruiting Volunteer Mentors. Their role will be to provide the Mentee with support and guidance in addressing their offending and inappropriate behaviour, and to move their life forward.  Volunteer Mentors are asked to make a commitment to New Leaf for one year and for a minimum of two 12 week Mentor/Mentee relationships within this time. Volunteers will be matched to an offender and will visit the offender in prison before release, at the time of release and in the community after release. A Mentor should expect to spend approximately three hours per week in their mentoring role. Mentors are required to attend training before they can undertake their role and to attend on-going supervision and support sessions. Tasks undertaken by a mentor may be accompanying the mentee to meetings e.g. drug rehabilitation meetings etc., signposting them to other local agencies, helping with form filling. This is an ongoing opportunity and we ask all mentors to commit to a minimum of one year.  Mentor sessions may take place at any time and therefore all availability would be helpful.





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