THE FOOTPRINTS PROJECT
Our organisation offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. We welcome people to help us with fundraising, events organising, office administration and driving, as well as training to be mentors. We ask that a volunteer be willing to commit to a minimum of six months with the Project.
Our volunteer mentors are caring men and women involved in their local communities. They have varied backgrounds ranging from reformed offenders to retired businessmen and women. We are careful to try to match suitable volunteers with the individual needs of the client. Ideally our volunteer will be able to spend approximately six hours with his/her client during the first week after release from prison – and usually two to three hours per week thereafter.
The qualities we look for in volunteers are: reliability, understanding, empathy and a desire to help those who may be feeling vulnerable and fearful about returning to life outside prison.
Volunteers may have previously been imprisoned themselves, they may be addicts in recovery; they may have parenting or social skills to offer. What is required overall is real life experience, along with a good sense of humour! Mentors are not there to judge, but to be prepared to question and challenge their client’s actions and thoughts. The aim is to help a client to succeed in helping him/herself.
All mentor expenses are reimbursed by the Project.
If you are interested in volunteering, please review and complete the documents below and send the completed documents to us. Contact Us.