HMP Channings Wood

The Storybook Dads Head Office and main editing suite. Volunteering at the Storybook Dads Head Office/editing suite means being part of a small, close-knit, friendly and dedicated team. All our staff and volunteers have to ‘muck in’ with pretty much everything!

So whether you’re more comfortable delivering a workshop, doing admin or being a puppeteer, we like to think there’s enough going on to keep you interested! Full training will be provided as required but please don’t feel obliged to take on anything that you are uncomfortable with. If you have any particular skills (e.g. IT, marketing, design, PR) then we can certainly use them!

HMP Lincoln

Storybook Dads at HMP Lincoln is run by the Library. They require Volunteers to help deliver Storybook Dads.

HMP Swansea

Storybook Dads at HMP Swansea is run by PACT. At the moment, due to Swansea’s regime, we require two volunteers (one to record prisoners reading a story and another to supervise the other men/do activities with them) and are struggling to find two available once a week to help PACT deliver this intervention.

As they would be coming into the prison and supporting vulnerable adults, the volunteer would need an enhanced DBS, be prison vetted and attend security training prior to supporting the intervention. PACT can support with this.

HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay

Storybook Dads at HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay is run by the Library. The recordings now have to be squeezed in  when the library closes before lunch and tea, but before roll call, so I tend to do little and often rather than a large batch, which may not be time effective for a volunteer, but they could come for a session and do the paperwork and help the men choose a suitable book. All I would ask is for someone enthusiastic about children's books who would like to make a difference in helping to keep men in contact with their families.

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Other organisations working with prisoners and their families:

There are lots of other charities that work with prisoners or their families (e.g. in Visits Centres) so it may be worth finding out which ones work at your local prison by looking online. Here are some other useful links: