Play Volunteer - Barlinnie Prison
When We Need You
From 22/11/2006 onwards
Ease the experience of prison visiting for parents and children, by helping run our 'Toy Box' play area. We're open during visiting hours in the day and the evening. You will work with the Play Co-ordinator and other volunteers, setting up and running play sessions for children visiting Barlinnie. You'll get valuable experience of working with children and supporting families, while making a real difference to families and children in what can be a stressful situation. Volunteers should enjoy working with children and be prepared to join in activities with the group and be able to understand the needs of children when visiting a prison. You can choose morning, afternoon or evening shift (s). Since Toy Box operates 7 days a week with no advance booking required, numbers of children can vary. But even one child really benefits from your input. Many are repeat visitors, so you get to know them. Toy Box is situated in the visiting room, so that children can choose to be with their families, including prisoners (often on remand), and/or in the play area during visits. There is a high level of security. Volunteers need to be aware that they will need to go through security to reach the visiting room and Toy Box. **HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?** If you are interested in this opportunity please get in touch with us ideally by phone or email using the contact details on this page. Alternatively you can register your interest directly using the Register Interest facility. If we have not responded within 5 working days please contact the Volunteer Centre.
About Toy Box
To support, promote and provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere within the play area of Barlinnie Prison, making the visit a more happier and less frightening experience for children.
Skills & Experience
Volunteers should enjoy working with children, joining in with group activities, and understand/empathise with the needs of children when visiting a prison.
Nos 36 and 38 First Bus drops directly at Prison
Application Form, Induction/Training, Interview, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Volunteers work alongside the play coordinator until they feel comfortable within the area. Then they may work alongside other volunteers. Relevant training available, including induction, child protection and the impact of imprisonment.
Playschemes / Childrens Clubs
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Minimum 3 hours per week. Minimum commitment of 3 - 6 months.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
Contact: Ann Harkins
Tel: 07817 674 250