Last 11 of March, another online Discussion Forum took place, where the emerging practice in valuing community volunteers in the criminal justice system was shared, making this practice more effective and finding out what we can learn from other fields of volunteering!
We were pleased to collaborate with Japan Hogoshi (Volunteer Probation Officer) Federation, the Japanese Ministry of Justice, the CEV - Centre for European Volunteering, and other esteemed speakers.
Thank you also to the participants who joined the event
Within the scope of socio-cultural and activities in prison, the General Directorate of Reinsertion and Prison Services (DGRSP) has promoted the 1st edition of the Portuguese National Contest “Captive Talents”, with the collaboration of the volunteer association Dar a Mão.
The Dar a Mão - Associação para Ajuda à População Reclusa Association intervenes in other activities such as the Solidarity Wardrobe Project, created in the pandemic, for delivering essential goods such as hygiene kits, clothes, glasses, and in exceptional cases, prison release support to prisoners
In 2019, several volunteer activities took place in Portuguese prisons. In total, 241 projects were developed by 5347 volunteers, reaching 26148 inmates. In the table you can find additional details
Since 2015 we have held a Post-release Assistance Centre where prisoners released from prisons or remand centers can obtain psychological support, legal aid, help in finding a job, raising professional qualifications, emergency aid. In July 2018 the Volunteer Centre Association founded a house for ex-prisoners.
Participation in the Volpris project is an opportunity for the Volunteer Center to further develop volunteering in prisons. We can share our experience, learn how volunteering works in prisons in other countries and work together to optimize this model and support the prison service.