Valuing volunteers in prison: a review of volunteer involvement in prisons

Published: Jun 2016


One of NOMS key priorities is supporting the use of volunteers in prisons. Clinks, NOMS, voluntary sector organisations and prisons have all been keen to identify good practice that can be used more widely to maximise the impact of volunteering and minimise any barriers that limit its use. This publication is intended to inform individuals and organisations involved with, or interested in, enhancing volunteering in prisons.

It explores four connected questions: What are the benefits of volunteering in prisons? Where are there current examples of good practice, and where are there gaps? What are the key supports and barriers to effective volunteer involvement in prisons? And what actions would support the development of more effective volunteering?