Prison Visitor Centre Volunteer - HMP Glenochil

  • VO66137


Description

Stirling Interfaith Community Justice Group is a charity established by representatives of the churches and other faith communities in the Stirling area. There are nine members of the Board. These members come from a variety of background and experience including members who are serving ministers in local churches, a local government officer, as well as retired professionals with senior management experience in management, human resources, social work and education. Members of the Board are involved to differing degrees in the day to day management and operation of the Family Centre in particular offering regular supervision and support to the Centre Manager. The Board meets regularly to review progress, set the strategic direction of the organisation and monitor the financial position of the organisation. Members are supported through these regular meetings. Members of the Board are also represented on the strategic and operational partnership groups alongside the Prison Service and the Community Justice Authority to oversee the work of the Family Centre.
The Family Help Hub HMP/YOI Cornton Vale is built on a strategic community partnership between the charity, the Scottish Prison Service and Fife and Forth Valley Community Justice Authority, in response to the needs of female offenders and the families of offenders across Scotland. The aim of the Family Help Hub is to provide a supportive, friendly and welcoming environment for the families visiting a prisoner. Support is provided by staff and trained volunteers to ensure experiences of prison visiting are less stressful. This encourages more frequent visits and the maintenance of family ties in order to reduce re-offending, increase the stability of children`s lives and achieve positive outcomes for all the family.

Role purpose
• To work in conjunction with the Stirling Interfaith Community Justice Group, prison staff, volunteers and partnership agencies to provide services to prison visitors.
• To provide a welcoming first point of contact in the visitors’ centre.
• Help maintain a clean, safe and welcoming environment.
• Provide light refreshments to visitors
• Help make the visiting experience positive for both adults and children
• Support play activities where appropriate

Specific duties

• To support with general housekeeping duties as required, in order to, facilitate the smooth running of the visitors’ centre for the benefit of adults and children alike.
• To engage with visitors in a friendly and welcoming manner in order to provide a high standard of first point of contact.
• To become familiar with the range of supportive literature available within the visitors’ centre in order to signpost visitors appropriately. Where further support or information is required (e.g. due to out of date, discontinued, missing information) to make a note and report to the Visitor`s Centre Manager.
• Provide information, advice and support to families through Family Centre help/hub. Link families to the support and services they need in their own communities.
• To work in conjunction with the Family Centre help/hub Staff and prison staff with regards to reporting any issues or concerns arising.
• Complete handover book at the end of each session including completion of data collection in line with set procedure.
• To undertake training and attend meetings as required in order to full- fill the role.
• Select appropriate resources/toys and encourage participation in play activities for children using the centre
• Act as a positive role model for children and parents modelling good interaction and positive relationships
• To serve teas and coffees
• To maintain clean environments, ensuring space is clean and fit for purpose while abiding to health and safety regulations

Essential skills required
• Good communication skills.
• Non judgmental and empathetic approach to people.
• Confidence working with parents and their children.
• An ability to work well as part of a team.
• Commitment to safeguard children/vulnerable adults

Desirable skills required
• An awareness of the procedures associated with prison visits and the impact they may have on visitors.
• An understanding of how a good prison visit can strengthen family ties and reduce reoffending.
• Health and safety awareness.
• An awareness of the importance of prison security procedures.

Restrictions

Experience required: Essential skills required • Good communication skills. • Non judgmental and empathetic approach to people. • Confidence working with parents and their children. • An ability to work well as part of a team. • Commitment to safeguard children/vulnerable adults
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Child Protection There are also a number of opportunities Adult Protection for various training which is optional . Manipulation and Conditioning Working with Sex Offenders Health and Safety
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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