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Local charity seeks new volunteers

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Local charity seeks new volunteers to work with families of prisoners at HMP Northumberland

Nepacs, a long standing north east charity, which runs the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Northumberland near Morpeth, Northumberland is seeking new volunteers to help support families and children of prisoners.

Nepacs works across the north east region to help support a positive future for prisoners and their families. Staff and volunteers from Nepacs provide a number of services to support friends and families of prisoners, in HMP Northumberland, HMP Frankland, HMP Holme House, HMP Durham, HMP Kirklevington Grange, HMPYOI Deerbolt, and HMP&YOI Low Newton. These services include prison visitors’ centres and tea bars, play sessions for prisoners’ children, family visits, listening support, a youth project, caravan project based I Northumberland, integrated family support and support within the Middlesbrough and Durham courts.

Nepacs has a fantastic team of almost 200 volunteers working across the region, but are particularly keen to recruit more volunteers at HMP Northumberland located in the beautiful rural area of Acklington near Morpeth in Northumberland. HMP Northumberland is a category C establishment that caters for male adults over the age of 21.

The Northumberland visitors’ centre welcomes around 30,000 visitors each year, who are greeted on arrival by staff and volunteers from Nepacs.

Adrienne Ruddock, Nepacs Visitors’ Centre Manager at HMP Northumberland, 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 at Northumberland, some of which have been here since the visitor centre first opened.

“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.

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.

“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, and working with families, especially children, can be very rewarding for all.”

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

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.

Further details

If you are interested in volunteering with the Northumberland team please get in touch with the Manager, Adrienne Ruddock for an informal chat, by telephone on 01670 383736 or email aruddock@nepacs.co.uk

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