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HMP Northumberland volunteer highly commended

Christine Waters is presented with her commendation certificate

Christine Waters is presented with her commendation certificate

A long-serving volunteer at HMP Northumberland has been commended by the North East Prison After Care Society (Nepacs). Christine Waters from Amble, was one of twelve volunteers who received a certificate of high commendation. Christine was recognised for her work as a Nepacs volunteer over many years at HMP Northumberland Visitors’ Centre.

At an awards ceremony held at Lumley Castle, Chester -Le-Street, Probation/Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), prison officers and others who work with offenders in the North East, were presented with awards for their efforts to support rehabilitation and reduce re-offending.

Volunteers needed

Nepacs owns two caravans on the Northumberland coast (near Amble) and offers weekly holidays to families of prisoners. The aim is to give families a chance to relax in pleasant surroundings and spend valuable time together.

Kath Ogilvie, Nepacs trustee and coordinator of the caravan project, said: “Every year thousands of children and families experience the impact of imprisonment despite many never having being involved in or committed a crime. From the moment of arrest, throughout the court process and prison sentence, families are at risk of social isolation and stigma which can affect their emotional, physical, financial and social wellbeing.

“We have operated the caravan project for many years and it really makes a difference to the families to have a holiday. Some have never experienced a holiday before and it gives them a well needed break.”

Nepacs is looking for volunteers to help clean out the caravans and make them presentable for the next holiday makers each week, then welcome the families and introduce them to the site.

You will not be working alone, but with our experienced project leader. The project needs volunteers for a few hours every Wednesday 10.30am – 2.30pm approximately.

If you are interested in volunteering with the caravan project please get in touch with Nepacs on 0191 3757278 or email volunteering@nepacs.co.uk Find out more about Nepacs at www.nepacs.co.uk

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