Volunteering for all? A qualitative study of women ex-offenders' experiences of volunteering

Published: Jan 2008

Clare Taylor - The Griffins Society

This research explores women ex-offenders’ experiences of volunteering. There has been a focus on increasing levels of participation in volunteering in recent years but volunteering opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders have been neglected, despite the fact that it is argued that volunteering can help reduce re-offending.

The report explores whether women who had volunteered found it to be a positive and beneficial experience. The research also examines the wider issues around volunteering and by doing so sought to draw up a good practice guide, which could be used by organisations interested in providing volunteering opportunities to ex-offenders as well as prisoner staff working in prisoner resettlement.