Supporting Shannon Trust in a prison
Prison volunteers nurture the growth of the Shannon Trust in their prison. They help unlock the power of reading by offering advice, guidance and support to prison staff and mentors. As it can take a few months to complete our training and the prison security vetting, we're looking for people who can stay with us for a while, ideally a couple of years. It's ideal for prison volunteers to be within 50 miles (or an hour's commute) to their prison.
You don't need any formal qualifications to become a Shannon Trust volunteer. We're looking for people who:
You'll visit your prison at least once a month and attend a quarterly volunteer meeting. Typically you'll give 7 to 14 hours a month, spread over 2 to 4 days, to volunteering with us. To fit in with staff availability this isn't a role where your activities can take place on a set day or time each week and prison visits can't take place at weekends; you'll need to be flexible and be able to visit your prison during the daytime Monday to Friday.
Shannon Trust provides a wide range of training for volunteers. You will be expected to attend all mandatory training for new volunteers, some will be group training and some will be online. The training will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the values and visions of the charity and practical support for your prison role. You will receive a thorough induction into your prison and will be supported on at least three occasions before having quarterly one to ones with your area coordinator to support you on an ongoing basis.
You'll be helping unlock the power of reading for people in prison, have the chance to gain new skills and experiences or use existing ones, and be part of a great volunteer team.
You'll be able to claim back all reasonable expenses. You'll be covered by our public liability insurance. If you use your own vehicle for Shannon Trust related activity, you'll need to check that you have the correct insurance cover.
Download and complete this application stating which of the above positions you wish to apply for and return to email@example.com
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