Volunteers can: towards a volunteering strategy to reduce re-offending

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Ellis Paine, Angela; Ockenden, Nick; Machin, Joanna
HM Prison and Probation Service
Date of publication
1 May 2007
Volunteering, Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This draft strategy was informed by a comprehensive programme of research carried out by the Institute for Volunteering Research on behalf of NOMS. This included: telephone and face-to-face interviews with national stakeholders; face-to-face and telephone interviews with staff working within prisons and probation areas and union representatives; and interviews and focus groups with volunteers across NOMS, including both offenders and members of the community.The mission of the strategy is to value, build, and support the unique role of volunteering in helping to reduce re-offending and building public confidence in the Criminal Justice system. It covers offenders as volunteers, other members of the community as volunteers, and employees as volunteers. The document opens by exploring the potential of volunteering to reduce re-offending, drawing on wider literature and evidence from its primary research. It then sets out what it sees as the challenges facing volunteering within NOMS as well as the opportunities that could contribute to its continued development. The strategy identifies four key aims and a series of objectives and actions that could be worked towards in order for volunteering with offenders to develop strategically, achieve the strategy's mission and fulfil its potential. These are: to increase the number and diversity of volunteers; to become more strategic in volunteering development; to improve support to volunteers; and to establish the impact of volunteering.

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