Local charity holds open day for National Volunteer Week

A north east charity is holding a volunteer open day at HMP Deerbolt near Barnard Castle as part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebrations.

Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families.  

Nepacs is looking for new volunteers to join their team at HMP Deerbolt located in the beautiful village of Startforth near Barnard Castle. HMP Deerbolt is a category C young offenders’ establishment that caters for male young offenders between the ages of 18 to 24.  

As part of National Volunteer Week celebrations the charity is giving anyone interested in volunteering the chance to come along to their Volunteer Open Day on:
-    Saturday 2 June 2018 between 2pm to 3.30pm at HMP&YOI Deerbolt’s visitors centre in  Barnard Castle

Anyone that attends will hear about the different volunteering opportunities available and be able to chat to existing volunteers whilst enjoying some cake and refreshments. Those interested in volunteering will have the chance to sign up for volunteering on the day.  

Nepacs is looking for volunteers to help in the visitors’ centre and play areas at the prison, and to support their family support programme which helps the family throughout the time their partner/relative is in prison and works with the family and the person in prison to plan for their release. 

Emma Price, Nepacs’ volunteer coordinator, said: “Our team of volunteers are dedicated to helping prisoners’ families and children across the north east, but we need more volunteers to ensure we can offer the best support possible. The impact of imprisonment on children and families can be devastating and visiting prison for the first time can be quite difficult and sometimes distressing. 

“We would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering to join with us and share in our experience of providing a warm and friendly environment for families visiting loved ones in prison. We greet people from all walks of life from near and far so it’s important that everyone is treated with respect, and feel welcome in a place and situation they may never have thought they would ever be.

“Our team of staff and volunteers provide a friendly place to chat, have a cup of tea and can help to answer any questions or concerns that visitors may have about visiting prison or about their loved ones in prison.

“Our open day will give people a chance to find out more and support families who are visiting their relatives in very difficult circumstances. Volunteering in a prison environment can be rewarding for all and is often a valuable experience for younger volunteers who may be considering a career in the justice system.”

The Deerbolt visitors’ centre team are looking for people who have a few hours to volunteer on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday each week and each shift lasts about four hours, and the family support team are seeking volunteers to help out Monday to Thursday. 

Emma added: “If you think you could support us by volunteering and would like to be part of a team who helps to make a difference to the lives of prisoners’ families please get in touch to register your attendance for our open days or find out more through our website.”

To book onto the open day please contact Emma Price, Nepacs Volunteer Coordinator by email eprice@nepacs.co.uk or call 0191 375 7278. Anyone interested must book a place.

Further details of all volunteer opportunities with Nepacs are on their website www.nepacs.co.uk