«Being a Volunteer in a Prison is sharing knowledge and experiences, an exchange of values. It is, at the same time, an attractive and responsible initiative, enhancing personal and interpersonal growth, promoting greater social commitment and hopeful in a better society.» - Aproximar
"Volunteering in prisons is a selfless way for citizens to help rehabilitate inmates seeking a better life during and after incarceration". Citizens can gain the opportunity to fulfill an important public service role, by volunteering in a correctional facility. Additionally, this activity is highly rewarding, because it makes a measurable difference in the lives of people who actively want to better themselves. Most volunteer positions within prisons are related to educational programming. Volunteers often bring a wide variety of skills that help inmates learn what it means to be an engaged, productive member of society.
"There is a strong misconception that remains across governments, policy makers and the public that volunteering is simply a free resource that can be used to fill gaps in provision. The voluntary sector wants to challenge this view, especially at a time of upheaval and change across European policy landscapes."
According to the Scottish Prison Service, “prison may sometimes do good, but it always does harm".
Our partnership reflects a wide range of experience right across the criminal justice System (CJS). Partners not only bring their particular expertise, but previous working relationships with other partners that serves to underline their commitment to the value of Voluntary Sector Organisations (VSOs) in the CJS.