Volunteering at West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project 

 

Volunteer Link Workers

Release from prison is a disorientating and daunting experience for many men, who are often unsure of the direction they want to take in life and do not know who will be there to meet them… if anyone!

WYCCP is an independent charity which aims to reduce re-offending by supporting men leaving HM Prison Leeds with their re-settlement into West Yorkshire.  WYCCP volunteers, known as 'link workers' work directly with ex-prisoners and are not attached to the prison or necessarily to any faith groups.  

WYCCP work closely with statutory, voluntary and faith organisations, to help our service users overcome the factors that lead to their offending, and support them to establish themselves in their local community.

WYCCP volunteer link workers meet service users at the gate and support them in the first few hours of their new life.  A link worker ​may accompany the service user to access accommodation, Probation, health services or welfare benefits. Link workers can assist with housing applications, family matters and help service users to work towards education or employment.

Volunteer Family Link Workers – introducing a new role for WYCCP!

It can be traumatic for families when their loved one is convicted of a crime and sent to prison. Families are often the forgotten element of an offenders’ sentence, as families are left to pick up the pieces unsupported

Jigsaw Visitors Centre and WYCCP will be working in partnership to deliver intensive support to the families of prisoners in the community and are recruiting a brand new team of family link workers to work alongside Jigsaw family support workers in supporting families in the community.

Alongside managing the Visitors Centre, Jigsaw has over twenty years’ experience of providing a range of services and support to prisoners families inside prison and in their centre.  

Jigsaw will use its substantial family experience to give tailored support to the family while their loved one is in prison; they will help them to adjust to the situation and deal with the practical issues that imprisonment has created. 

Following release a Jigsaw family worker and a WYCCP family link worker will support the family in the community.  They will give practical and moral support and work to a regularly reviewed plan.  The family workers and volunteers will liaise with any statutory agency involved with the family, and be ready to help with a range of practical and emotional issues e.g. parenting, benefits, finance, health, accommodation. The family support service will be operational seven days a week, so that much needed assistance will be available during the weekend when many other services are closed.

 

We welcome WYCCP link workers from all walks of life; what they have in common is the desire to help people. They offer support, understanding, knowledge and a non-judgmental approach. They are good listeners and they are trained to empower individuals in order to aid their resettlement into the community. WYCCP’s volunteer programme team and resettlement workers ensure that all volunteers receive ongoing training and support.

 

For information regarding becoming a WYCCP link worker please read our "Link Worker Role" page.

Further information or advice can also be obtained by calling 0113 3874580; writing to WYCCP c/o HMP Leeds, Gloucester Terrace, Leeds LS12 2TJ, or emailing us at: info@wyccp.org.uk

Please note the next recruitment and training for new volunteers will be taking place on the following dates:

Information and Assessment Session – Wednesday 18th October, 10am – 1pm.

Following the above session if you are selected, you will need to attend all of the induction training dates, which will run as follows:

Day one – Wednesday 25th October 2017

Day two – Wednesday 1st November 2017

Day three – Wednesday 8th November 2017

Day four – Wednesday 15th November 2017

Interviews will be held over Tuesday 21st November and Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 9th October 2017