Volunteer Opportunities - Durham, Cambridgeshire & Nottinghamshire

Volunteer Opportunities - Durham, Cambridgeshire & Nottinghamshire

Fine Cell Work are looking for prison-based volunteers in Durham, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire.

Our volunteers are on the frontline of our work, and visit prisons on a fortnightly basis to teach stitchers.

Volunteers should be patient and non-judgemental, and require a good level of needlework skills (or a willingness to learn!). Some prior experience in teaching or working with socially-excluded groups is also an advantage.

If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.

To apply, complete this form, or for more information email volunteer@finecellwork.co.uk.


About Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work is a rehabilitation charity and social enterprise which makes beautiful, handmade products in British prisons. For over two decades, we have been changing the lives of prisoners and prison leavers by building self-worth, confidence and hope. Our mission is for individuals who have entered or left the prison system to build the resources, networks and goals needed to live meaningful, crime-free lives.

Fine Cell Work is made up of a small staff team and volunteers. Delivering work both in prisons and in the community, our volunteers are invaluable to the organisation, and we could not operate without their ongoing support and dedication.


Required skills for volunteers

  • Hand stitching knowledge and skills – particularly in tapestry and needlepoint.
  • Experience in teaching or delivering training in some capacity.
  • Prepared to work with prison leavers as a group in a community setting.
  • Experience working with women from a range of backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to record accurate, written notes after each group.
  • Friendly, reliable, and a believer in second chances and rehabilitation
  • Ability to relay information to Fine Cell Work staff, particularly the Volunteers & Programmes Manager and the Engagement & Support Officer.



Travel, postage of kits to Fine Cell Work, and purchase of materials can all be expensed (approval required by the Production Team at Head Office).


Training, Supervision & Communication

We are happy to invest in developing the right person, so you are welcome to apply even if your experience does not fully meet the requirements. You will receive training from Fine Cell Work, including Safeguarding and Professional Boundaries training. 

Volunteers will receive regular support from Fine Cell Work's Volunteers and Programmes Manager, as well as additional support from the wider Programmes team.



All our volunteers must be over 18. Volunteers will be required to undergo a DBS check.


Volunteer benefits

  • 15% discount on our products.
  • Full Introductory and Safeguarding training at Fine Cell Work (plus additional relevant training if required).
  • An opportunity to utilise your Employee Volunteering days (if applicable) in a meaningful way.
  • An opportunity to attend and / or support our exclusive events and be an ambassador for Fine Cell Work.


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