When We Need You
From 06/12/2011 to 04/06/2013
We provide a daily coffee bar service to the families and friends of prisoners during the half hour sessions. This is appreciated and goes some way towards providing a more normal social setting for these sometimes difficult times. Friendly, enthusiastic, non-judgmental contact by volunteers at the counter whilst providing light refreshments is what we are looking for in new helpers. Our volunteers, both men and women, find the work enjoyable, challenging, different and an opportunity to make new friends. The visits room within the prison is large, well furnished and not unlike an Airport Lounge. The coffee bar is modern, well equipped and easily run. Volunteers work in pairs and sessions are for 2/3 hours.
About Friends of Edinburgh Prison
By running a coffee bar in the prison visits room for families, friends and prisoners during the half hour visit sessions, we aim to provide a service which helps to give a valuable social element to what is often a difficult and stressful time. All our profits are given to prison related charities. Scottish Charity #: SCO40582
Skills & Experience
To be of a friendly disposition and non judgemental. Have the ability to count and handle money and be fit enough to serve and clear tables.
H.M Prison Edinburgh, 33 Stenhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3LN. Lothian Regional Transport buses No : 3, 25, 33 run from Princes Street through Haymarket and pass the prison.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Interview, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Initial interview when the project is fully explained; Introduction to the project, working alongside experienced helpers which includes basic till training; regular contact with project organiser; volunteer meetings including social occasions;prison tour
Offenders and ex-offenders
We pay public transport costs and mileage rate of 50p per mile. Expenses are paid on day of session worked.
Frequency & Commitment
3 hours per Fortnight or Monthly. Minimum Commitment: 6 Month
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
13 Lorimer View
Contact: Judy Hill
Tel: 0131 453 3109