Ex-Offenders and Volunteering – Online Resources

Clinks is an organisation that supports voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families.  It is well-known that ex-offenders face many barriers to their involvement with society, but volunteering is an effective way for them to break down some of those barriers.

At the same time, many volunteer managers are very wary of taking on ex-offenders as volunteers. So it’s great news that Clinks has issued a series of Volunteering Guides.

Setting up a Project

The purpose of this guide is to help support organisations who are setting up a mentoring or befriending project to work with offenders and ex-offenders. The guide goes through the different elements that need to be considered when planning for a new service and gives interesting case studies of organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders.

Download here

Managing Volunteers

The purpose of this guide is to help ensure that organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders use volunteers well. There is a lot of good practice in the Criminal Justice System of involving volunteers. However, there is also inconsistency in the way that volunteers are recruited, managed and reimbursed.

Download here

Demonstrating Effectiveness

The purpose of this guide is to help support organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders to demonstrate their effectiveness. The guide goes through the different steps that need to be considered when planning to demonstrate effectiveness with a particular focus on when volunteers are contributing to the delivery of a service.

Download here

Quality Standards

The purpose of this guide is to help support organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders to gain an external quality standard for their work with offenders, ex-offenders, or their families. This guide explains what external quality standards are, why you would consider getting one, and then goes through the quality standards that are currently available and allows the reader to select which one is best for their organisation.

Download here

This information is from Clinks Website at http://www.clinks.org/volunteeringguides.aspx

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