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Fine Cell Work is a rehabilitation charity and social enterprise that teaches prisoners and prison-leavers to make beautiful handmade products. The making and selling of high quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline and fosters hope. Our aim is for our stitchers to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.  We also guide them towards training and support on release. At the Fine Cell Works Hub in Battersea, we run our Open the Gate programme which provides work experience, formal training and employment to prison-leavers.

Prison-based volunteers - Buckinghamshire & Yorkshire

 

We're looking for prison-based volunteers in Buckinghamshire & Yorkshire.

 

Prison-based volunteers are the backbone of Fine Cell Work (FCW). Supported by the Fine Cell Work programmes team and by other staff at the FCW office, they teach and administer FCW stitching groups in prisons. Prison volunteers work in teams to organise classes and teach our stitchers, as well as providing groups information to the prison and to the FCW office. The precise mix of skills will vary from prison to prison.

 

Volunteering in prison for Fine Cell Work requires ideally a good level of needlework skill (or a willingness to learn), some teaching experience and/or experience of working with socially-excluded groups. Volunteers must be patient and non-judgemental in order to work effectively. Each group has a lead volunteer who reports to the Volunteer & Programmes Manager at the Fine Cell Work office, however, we do encourage regular communication between the programmes team and all volunteers. We are constantly improving our systems to better support our volunteers.

 

Key responsibilities will include

 

  • Developing prisoners’ skills and confidence
  • Acting as FCW ambassadors in the prison
  • Building effective working relationships with prison staff, stitchers, and other volunteers
  • Providing information to the FCW office for administrative and evaluative purposes

 

Required commitment & practicalities

 

Prison-based volunteers generally run classes for two hours every 2 weeks. We ask for a minimum commitment of at least a year or two years, as this allows time for group participants to complete qualifications and develop their skills to a high standard.

 

All volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Volunteers will be required to undertake security vetting for relevant prisons.

 

Benefits

 

  • Paid expenses for activities related to volunteering with Fine Cell Work.
  • 15% discount on our products.
  • Full introductory and safeguarding training at Fine Cell Work (and other relevant training as 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.
  • An ability to gain work experience within the prison system and with teaching socially excluded groups.
  • An opportunity to improve your tapestry/embroidery skills alongside other volunteers and support stitchers working with commissions from incredible artists.

 

How to apply

 

To apply, please complete the online form here, or email the Programmes team at volunteer@finecellwork.co.uk for more information.

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At Fine Cell Work, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in FCW’s workforce. These include applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+, and male identifying applicants as these are currently under-represented in our volunteers groups.