So, at last you have received your security clearance, completed the induction process with our Volunteer Coordinator and are preparing for your first volunteering session at the prison. We guess you will have lots of questions buzzing around your head, and you may feel a little apprehensive about what lies in store. Don’t worry, we have all had some of those feelings and this page will tell you what to expect and help allay any fears.
It is not always easy for a newcomer to distinguish prisoners from non-uniformed staff, but by being polite we make sure that we cause no offence and tend to bring out the best in everyone.
The following observations assume you are volunteering in either Male Education or Female Education. Facilities may be a little different in other areas such as the Gymnasiums, Visits Halls and the Mother & Baby Unit. And of course, those volunteering in the FOPP Tea-Bar are outside the secure parts of the prison anyway.
Our Volunteer Coordinator is always happy to answer any questions and help deal with any difficulties. You might find it useful to browse the Glossary in our Members Area for explanations of some of the terms used within the prison that might not be familiar to you.
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