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Become a Pact volunteer and change lives

Our dedicated volunteers support people in courts, prisons and communities across England and Wales.

Volunteering At Pact

Volunteering at Pact

As a Pact volunteer, you will enable us to deliver our services across England and Wales and support tens of thousands of people affected by imprisonment each year.  

Volunteering for Pact allows you to build new skills, discover new friends and opportunities, and promote positive health and wellbeing. We actively welcome volunteers with lived experience of the justice system to help us improve services and advocate for prisoners and their families. 

We are incredibly grateful for our volunteers' time, passion, energy and commitment to helping us deliver meaningful and effective services in prisons, courts and the community. 

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Boost your health and wellbeing
Share skills and learn new ones
Give back to your community
Make a difference to vulnerable people
Vision For Volunteering

Our Vision for Volunteering

As part of our commitment to volunteers, we are delighted to launch our three-year Vision for Volunteering.

The document has been co-produced with staff and volunteers, including Pact Peer Workers volunteering with service users in prisons and probation, and identifies four key areas of focus:

  • Recruiting volunteers by building bridges, relationships, and partnerships with local communities
  • Recruiting and supporting more volunteers with lived experience of the prison system
  • Involving volunteers in shaping their experience and the charity’s work
  • Delivering a high-quality volunteering experience

Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about volunteering at Pact.

How long does it take to become a volunteer?

Volunteering within the Criminal Justice sector can take time due to the very specific recruitment procedures that need to be followed. We are regularly updating our volunteering opportunities page with new roles, so please keep checking back.

As soon as we start processing applications, we will get in touch to let you know if you have been successful or not. If successful, you will be invited for an initial interview. If you are successful at interview, we will carry out vetting (including reference checks) and invite you to take part in induction training.

I am looking to volunteer as part of a placement for my course. Can I do this at Pact?

I can’t afford costs related to my volunteering

Do I need any qualifications to be a Pact volunteer?

Am I too old or too young to be a volunteer?

Can I volunteer with Pact if I have a criminal record?

What does training cover?

What do I need to know about being a volunteer with Pact?