Trustee positions with DASH **Current**
Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd.
We are looking to recruit new trustees to strengthen the Management Committee.
Our trustees bring fresh perspectives and skills as well as the compassion and care we need to help guide the future direction of the charity and make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of those we work with.
If you have skills and experience which you feel would be of benefit to us and you would relish the challenge and responsibility of being a trustee then we’d love to hear from you.
We always look to recruit trustees who share our vision and values and we seek trustees who are strong team workers and people who are adaptable, reliable and flexible in their approach.
The minimum time commitment required will involve attendance at our Management Committee meetings which occur once a month and last approximately 2 hours. In addition you will be required to input to information sharing and decision making which happen remotely by e mail and/or phone between Committee meetings. The time input will vary according to what is happening in the charity at any given time but for general trustee roles this may range between 5 and 10 hours a month.
For further information call Janet Boyle or Trevor Atkinson on 0191 384 5073 or e mail email@example.com Visit our website
Local charity seeks volunteers to support families and children in Durham**Current**
A north east charity, supporting over 200,000 visitors to north east prisons each year, is seeking new volunteers in the Durham area to help support families and children of prisoners.
Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families.
The charity’s existing team of volunteers provide a wide range of services in all seven prisons in the north east and in the community. They are now calling out for more volunteers to help provide support to children and families at HMP Durham’s visitors centre and with their family support service in the prison.
HMP Durham, which is conveniently situated in Durham City, will soon become a reception centre for prisoners on remand, awaiting sentencing or serving short sentences, which means that the prison and Nepacs will be offering more visit sessions to families of prisoners
There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities with Nepacs at the prison. The charity is looking for volunteers, particularly at weekends, to:
- Help run their visit tea bars – serving refreshments in the visitors’ centre to families and in the visits hall during the visit
- Provide a warm welcome, support and information within the visitors’ centre to families coming to visit their relative in prison
- Help run the play areas within the visitors’ centre and visits hall – providing games and activities for children during normal and special family visits
- Assist their family support programme which helps the family throughout the time their partner/relative is in prison and prior to release.
Emma Price, Nepacs volunteer coordinator, said: “Our team of volunteers are dedicated to helping prisoners’ families and children across the north east, but we need more volunteers to ensure we can offer the best support possible, particularly in Durham which in the future will be providing more visit sessions for families who are supporting a relative who is awaiting sentencing or who has been remanded in custody.
“The impact of imprisonment on children and families can be devastating and visiting court or prison for the first time can be quite difficult and sometimes distressing. Our volunteers offer a warm welcome and someone to chat to, which is particularly important at HMP Durham where many people are going into the unknown and are facing a place and situation they may never have thought they would ever be.”
Nepacs volunteers come from all walks of life, including people who are retired, students and professionals who volunteer in their spare time. We are particularly looking for volunteers who can help out on weekends, covering shifts of around 4 hours.
Emma added: “If you think you could support us by volunteering and would like to be part of a team who helps to make a difference to the lives of prisoners families please get in touch. All of our volunteers are offered travel expenses and receive relevant training and support.”
If you are interested in volunteering with the Nepacs team please get in touch with them on 0191 3757278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Details of the full range of volunteer opportunities with Nepacs are on their website