We are delighted that Hilary has written a description of what it’s like to help in the FOPP Tea Bar. Hilary is one of our most experienced volunteers, so this article is all the more special.
A new message has been posted today on HMP Peterborough website giving information about the planning taking place to enable prison social visits to resume. You can view the message here.
Our volunteers received the following email today from our chair, Jen:
It’s Volunteer Week. I was just listening to Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 and they had a lovely item about a woman who volunteers by providing nursing care to homeless people.
Last week I joined a Zoom meeting with Volunteer Coordinators (standing in for Jane Ryan) hosted by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS) about how best to harness the overwhelming numbers of people stepping up to help during this awful pandemic. We talked about the differences between formal and informal/neighbourliness volunteering. It was a very interesting discussion and hopefully our ideas will be fed back to the local council. Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to recognise what people do and how brilliant it is that people from all walks of life come together to carry out a huge range of diverse roles in our communities. The coronavirus crisis has really drawn attention to the work of volunteers and provided lots of opportunities for both new and existing volunteers – I’m sure many of you will have found ways to help.
Missing our April meeting this year has meant that we have not had an opportunity to recognise the important contribution that you make. So I’m very pleased that Volunteer Week provides the chance to reflect on that. People at the prison will be missing us and it’s at times like this that we need to recognise what you all do and how important it is to continue, even if we don’t really know when that will be.
I hope you are all keeping well and able to take advantage of a slight relaxation of the lockdown rules.
Very best wishes
A new article – Library Assistant – has now been added to our Experiences page.
We have added a link on our COVID-19 page to the latest government compiled Q&A list for friends and family of prisoners.
We have today provided updated contact details for those wishing to get in touch while our Volunteer Coordinator is working from home . You can read the details here.
We’ve added some information and advice about how the coronavirus pandemic might affect your role as a FOPP volunteer. You will find a bold red link near the bottom of the Home page and at the top of our Members Area base page.