Local charity holds open day for potential volunteers in the Newcastle area

Nepacs, a north east charity, is holding a volunteer open day in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Wednesday 18 July 2018. 

Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families and has a fantastic team of volunteers working in all seven prisons and courts in the north east and in the community. 

The charity is giving anyone interested in volunteering the chance to come along to their volunteer open day in Newcastle on Wednesday 18 July 2018 from 1pm to 2.30pm. Those that attend will meet outside the Pitcher and Piano, on the Quayside, and will get to hear about the different volunteering opportunities available and be able to chat to existing volunteers. Those interested in volunteering will have the chance to sign up for volunteering on the day.  

The aim of the event is to recruit volunteers to support families or friends of defendants at Newcastle Crown Court and to work with community-based family and parenting workers across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear to support offenders and their families.  

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

For those families who are unfamiliar with the judicial system or who are unprepared attending court can be a distressing time. The dedicated Nepacs’ team at court offer a listening ear, a helping hand and friendly support to help make things a little easier.

In the community Nepacs’ family and parenting work volunteers support ex-prisoners and family members after release, as well as helping with family and parenting issues experienced by people serving community sentences. They will have the opportunity to get involved in delivering training and providing practical support for families.

Emma added: “Nepacs volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life including people who are retired and professionals who volunteer in their spare time. 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 offenders’ families please get in touch to register your attendance for our open day 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 HERE.