Sussex Prisoners' Families' HMP Lewes Visitors Centre

Sussex Prisoners' Families

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This role involves working at HMP Lewes visits new visitors’ centre, greeting families, serving refreshments, listening to their concerns and offering advice and signposting to different agencies as necessary. Volunteers will need to be friendly and tactful, recognising the fact that visits can be an emotional time for families.


• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively

• Ability to work with a wide variety of people including prison staff and visitors

• Understanding of the benefits of positive family relationships

• Understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity

• Ability to work effectively with a minimum of supervision and as part of a team

• Good organisational skills


The role involves full training and provides a rare opportunity to work within a prison for those interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice.

Practical Considerations

HMP Lewes can be accessed via public transport

When do I need to be available?

Details Volunteers will need to commit to at least one session a fortnight (though one session a week would be preferable). Sessions are 1.50 – 4.00 from Monday to Thursday and on weekends; and from 9.00 -11:15 on Fridays. We are particularly looking for volunteers to support the Friday and weekend sessions. We welcome applications from those with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Rd,
East Sussex

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