When We Need You
From 26/03/2012 onwards
Help make life easier for families and friends of prisoners, while getting up to date work experience in driving and supporting families. With the help of volunteer drivers, Barlinnie Visitors’ Centre (BVC) can make sure that visitors to Barlinnie prison are able to visit their loved one. BVC is looking for volunteer drivers to drive a 14-seater van the half-mile from BVC to Barlinnie Prison, wait while visits are undertaken and then drive people back to the Centre. Please note, you'll need a clean driving licence but a formal minibus licence is NOT required, unless you got your licence after 1998. Volunteers need to be aged 25 - 60 due to insurance. The volunteer shift will be approximately 4 hours in total – including driving and waiting time. Drivers will always be accompanied by a staff member or experienced volunteer who will load and unload passengers. Drivers will be expected to complete mandatory volunteer training, which includes health and safety and communication; other training is also available. A caring, compassionate attitude is essential. As a community based project, applications are particularly encouraged from people who live in the area around Barlinnie. **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 The Croft (Barlinnie Visitors' Centre)
The Croft (Barlinnie Visitors Centre) supports family and friends visiting prisoners at Barlinnie prison. Volunteers play a vital role in this rewarding and essential work, particularly in providing cafe-based relaxing, supportive and friendly space - before and after prison visits - and driving people from the Croft to the prison and back.
Skills & Experience
Full clean driving licence; experience driving with passengers essential. Warm, friendly attitude is very important, as is desire to learn new things and work with others. Drivers will always have another volunteer/staff member with them when driving.
Riddrie G33 2QW
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Interview, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Mandatory training: Health, Safety and Security; Good Use of Communication; How the Barlinnie Visitors' Centre Works. Additional training available on issues for prisoners' families. Support and Supervision from Project staff.
Driving / escorting
Offenders and ex-offenders
We can pay public transport equivalent costs within Glasgow only.
Frequency & Commitment
We'd like you to do one four hour shift per fortnight, and to commit to us for three months minimum.
Volunteers must be at least 25 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
19 Smithycroft Road
Contact: Catriona Gibson
Tel: 770 5694