Mentors (for prisoners)


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We are looking for volunteers to support prisoners resettling back into the community through practical and emotional support. Volunteers will be working in prison before release, then after release in the community to continue engagement with services. 

Your role will be:

  • Supporting and accompanying people released from prison to appointments and meetings.
  • Acknowledging positive qualities and skills.
  • Researching and developing links with local services.
  • Meeting with prisoners in custody before release from prison.
  • Working to meet the needs identified between the offender and their Offender Manager.
  • Completing exit surveys/interviews.
  • Recording information including behaviour, compliance and engagement.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 4 hours a week for at least 6 months. 

We cover the whole of Sussex. We currently service Ford prison, as well as probation centres in Littlehampton, Brighton, Eastbourne, and Hastings. 

The visits at the moment are done over the phone because of Covid, but when restrictions are lifted, we will place you with a service user that is local to you.  We also pay any travelling expenses so you are never out of pocket. 


You don't need to have experience of doing this kind of role before. We will give you all the training you need - including a 2 day course when you start and regular supervision to support you while you are doing the role.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Well organised.
  • Good at time management.
  • Able to type up clear and concise case notes.
  • Confident to communicate with potentially difficult service users.

You will also need to be:

  • Non-judgemental towards prisoners and their families.
  •  Empathetic.
  •  Friendly and approachable.
  •  Willing to help others.
  •  Reliable.
  •  Hard working.


  • You’ll be helping to reducing re-offending.
  • You will gain valuable experience for your CV, if that interests you and we can provide a character reference after 6 months. 
  • You will be part of a fun, dedicated and enthusiastic growing team.

Practical Considerations

We need to do a few checks before you can start volunteering with us and these can take a few weeks to process: 

  • 2 references
  • DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service)
  • Security Vetting by Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Travel costs, via public transport or private car (mileage), will be reimbursed including travel to attend training. Subsistence, i.e. lunch may also be reimbursed, according to our expenses policy.

When do I need to be available?

Details Mentoring takes place Monday-Friday only, between 9am and 5pm. We ask you to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training