Make prison visits easier for families

SOMEONE who likes children is needed to help look after little ones while their mums visit loved ones in prison.

A prison play area worker is required at The Mount in Bovingdon.

The volunteer will help keep children aged two to 12 years old entertained while mums and dads catch up.

The prison also needs someone to help out at its Visitor Centre.

It is a place where visitors can have a cup of tea and a chat before going into the prison.

Help is needed for both roles on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays.

Training will be provided.

> Can you spare an hour once a week to make a big difference to an elderly person’s life?

Good people skills and a caring nature is needed for this role, which involves popping in to see an older person in their own home, making a cuppa and having a chat.

Visitors are needed in Berkhamsted and Tring under the Age Concern Befriending scheme.

> Someone looking for a short-term flexible volunteering role could try becoming a home visitor.

Helpers visit people aged 55 or over in their own homes after they have been discharged from hospital. The visits are once a week for up to eight weeks.

> Reporter Adam Hull is now working towards his silver award under the Volunteer Centre’s Big40 Challenge.

The centre is urging readers to dedicate time to helping others to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

There are bronze, silver and gold awards up for grabs for racking up 10, 25 and 40 hours of volunteering.

Find out how Adam has been helping others by picking up a copy of this week’s Gazette, on sale now from all good news outlets.