Play Area Volunteer

Nepacs provides play area facilities within all of our visitors centres and within prison visits halls during domestic visits. Nepacs primary concern in these projects is for the welfare of the child and in particular the need of the child for good quality contact with his or her imprisoned parent or relative.

Volunteers in this role will offer support and a warm welcome to all children who are visiting their parent/family member. The role is available in the Visitors Centres based outside of the prison, and within the prison in the prison visits hall. Volunteers can choose to limit their support to the Visitors Centre if they do not wish to enter the prison.

Tasks Include:

  • To work as a member of a team and to welcome children
  • To set out toys, resources and equipment for the children before the visit starts
  • To ensure all toys are clean, to check for damaged toys and record in diary before returning them to visitor's centre so they can then be disposed of
  • To support and encourage the children to join in play and activities
  • To work to the NEPACS safeguarding policy and have the safeguarding of children in mind at all times
  • To tidy and clean up, collect toys and return to correct boxes and lock away in the appropriate cupboards
  • To fill in our daily diary of numbers of children using our resources


  • A passion for supporting children
  • Patient
  • Friendly
  • Confident at interacting with children


HMP Durham, HMP Frankland and HMP&YOI Low Newton in Durham, HMP Holme House in Stockton, HMYOI Deerbolt in Barnard Castle and HMP Northumberland in Morpeth.


  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Public transport costs or mileage up to 22 mile radius
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 10/03/2023

End Date: 29/03/2025

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No Yes No No No No No

Availability Details

Sessions depend on the venue.

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