My experience with Pact so far has been such a positive one and I am very pleased I made the decision to apply. For ex-prisoners, resettling back into the community is difficult and often they have vulnerabilities, such as mental illness or a lack of family support, which makes it even more intimidating. Having access to a mentor can improve resettlement opportunities and reduce the likelihood of re-offending. Whilst the role is challenging and it requires time and commitment, it is both rewarding and enjoyable. It has given me the opportunity to meet new people, develop my listening and communication skills and provide support for those who really need it.

Pact training days are intensive and interactive and provide full preparation for the mentoring role. Thanks to regular supervision and support from numerous Pact staff members, I have never felt unsafe or worried and all my questions have been answered promptly.

Volunteering with Pact is an incredibly worthwhile thing to do and I feel like a valued member of the team. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to support others, whilst also providing you with important, transferable skills and experiences. I would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering with Pact, who considers themselves to be a non-judgemental, approachable individual, to apply for the role.