How we can help
If your mum goes to prison, it's understandable that you feel upset and unsettled. Our Volunteer Mentors are here to help you stay in contact with your mum. They are friendly and positive people who will make a long-term commitment to you. Whilst other things in your life may change, we want your Mentor to be a constant and reassuring presence.
They'll meet with you up to twice a month to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. This could be in the form of activity, going for a chat, or accompanying you to family day visits at HMP Downview.
Young people who experience their Mum going to prison may feel unsettled. Having someone there, helping them to maintain contact whilst Mum is away can make all the difference. That someone could be you.
A Volunteer Mentor acts as extra support for the child, young person, or carer. They meet with a child, young person, or family up to twice a month to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. This could be in the form of activity, going for a chat, or accompanying them to family day visits at HMP Downview. The support package is tailored to the individual, as each family will have specific needs.
Before you start, there's an induction training course that runs over two days. It features core elements like safeguarding, boundaries, and understanding the difficulties young people face. We're here to support you through the training, and when you become a volunteer, we'll support you with regular one-to-one supervisions. We also have group support meetings so you can meet other volunteers and share experiences.Get in touch about volunteering