Quaker Service provides support for people in Northern Ireland going through difficult times by delivering practical, social and emotional support services that value and empower people just where they are, we play our part in reducing violence, suffering and disadvantage. Our work is often with those in our society who are the most forgotten, unpopular or sometimes viewed as "undeserved". SImply put, our core purpose is to make love visible.
Help an isolated prisoner reconnect to society by joining Quaker Connections Befriending Scheme. There are many reasons why families and friends have limited or lost contact with people in prison, but we know that good social support is one of the main factors in reducing reoffending. Our befrienders provide support which in time alters the befriendees attitude, beliefs and behaviours, making a real difference to lives and communities.
Visiting an isolated person in prison
Develop trust and build a supportive relationship through
To offer guidance and support
To speak on behalf of the person in custody where appropriate
To record and review progress
An accepting and non judgemental attitude
Maturity (regardless of age)
Ability to maintain boundaries
Active listening skills
An interest in the welfare of people in prison
Full training and support is provided
Out of pocket expenses
Location- This role is currently available at
Maghaberry and Magilligan prisons.
Visiting hours are currently Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am-3:30pm.
Applicants must complete designated training before they
are accepted onto the programme.
We ask our volunteers to make a minimum commitment of at
least one hour visit per fortnight over the course of at least one year.