Prison Befriender (Quaker Service)


Quaker Service

Prison Befriender

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 regular contact
  • To offer guidance and support
  • To speak on behalf of the person in custody where appropriate
  • To record and review progress

Skills Needed:

  • An accepting and non judgemental attitude
  • Maturity (regardless of age)
  • Empathy
  • Ability to maintain boundaries
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • 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.

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