Family Services & Playworker Volunteers

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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: 1684
Location: HMP Wayland
Salary: unpaid
Position: 10
Job Description Click here to download

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 Wayland 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?

Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

  • Visitor Centre – meet and greet families, provide emotional support, serve refreshments, set up and clear away childrens activities and basic admin tasks. Visitors Centres are located within close proximity to the prison – this involves no contact with prisoners.

  • Play – within the Visits Hall (inside the prison gates – prisoners present) engaging in play activities with children of all ages, allowing families space to talk.

Friday. Saturday and Sunday availability is preferable. Full training will be provided. All roles require DBS clearance and some roles require Prison Vetting Clearance. Please note these checks can take a number of weeks to process.

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
Essential Additional Information: Word doc

Testimonial

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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