Family Services & Playworker Volunteers

Jobs & Volunteering

Spurgeons is one of the UK's leading children's charities, firmly supported by Christian beliefs and values, helping to support disadvantaged children and their families through delivering projects to support children, young people, their families and communities to find long-lasting solutions to the challenges they face.

We are passionate about the work we do and need equally committed members on our team to help us achieve those goals.

Vacancy Number: 1685
Location: HMP Norwich
Salary: unpaid
Position: 10
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Can you help us give hope to every child?

Spurgeons helps more than 37,000 children and young people and over 64,000 parents and carers. Through the delivery of support and intervention services and by speaking up on behalf of those who need us most, we give vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families the chance they need for a better present and more hope filled future.

You will find us working at the heart of communitities- listening, learning and building trust to make a lasting difference. Our Christian faith remains an active and important motivation for the work that we do. It forms the roots from which our people’s collective desire to help children and young people is linked to, regardless of their own beliefs.

We have exciting new opportunities to join our team at HMP Norwich to deliver family services within a prison setting. and are looking for enthusiastic, imaginative individuals experienced in working with children and families

We are looking for people who believe that families visiting their loved ones in prison deserve to be treated in a respectful, non-judgmental and empathic way, encouraging a positive visit experience.

Can you make a cup of tea, play with a child or listen with empathy?

The following volunteer roles require a satisfactory DBS check and two references and do not involve prisoner contact:

Visitors Centre Welcomer Role – meet and greet families, provide emotional support to visitors, serve refreshments to visitors, and carry out basic admin tasks. The Visitors Centre is located within close proximity to the prison – this involves no contact with prisoners.

Visitors Centre Play Space Volunteer – within the Visitors Centre we have a dedicated Play Space for children to play before their prison visit. Volunteers assist the Play Worker to set up activities for the children, welcome the children and their parents to the Play Space, engage the children in activities, provide activities and care for children who are picked-up from the Visits Hall part-way through their visit. The Visitors Centre is located within close proximity to the prison – this involves no contact with prisoners. The Play Space offers a Pick-Up Service on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.

The following volunteer roles require vetting by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service because they involve having contact with prisoners:

Visitors Centre Play Space Volunteer, providing a Pick-Up Service for children – assist the Play Worker to pick children up from the Visits Hall and bring them back to the Visitors Centre Play Space to play, allowing the adults a time to talk. The Play Space offers a Pick-Up Service on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.

Children’s Visit Volunteer – assist the Family Services Worker with running Children’s Visits which take place in a specially set up play room within the prison. Children’s Visits take place on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons and two Saturdays a month.

StoryBook Dad Volunteer – assist the Family Services Worker to run Storybook Dads, a project that allows fathers in prison to record a story for their children. StoryBook Dad sessions normally take place on a Wednesday morning, twice a month.

Please note that vetting by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service can take several months to obtain. Many of our volunteers begin in roles at the Visitors Centre whilst applying for vetting. All roles require a satisfactory DBS certificate and two references.

Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, Saturdays and Sunday mornings availability is preferable. Full training will be provided.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form attached and return to volunteerrecruitment@spurgeons.org

Department: Norfolk Prisons
Application form: Word doc
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The shop, the barn, the scullery, and the smithy become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God. The 'divine service' is not a thing of a few hours and a few places, but all life becomes holiness unto the Lord, and every place and thing, as consecrated as the tabernacle and its golden candlestick.

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