7 Mar 2018
HMP Berwyn has opened recently in Wrexham. A number of voluntary organisations are involved in the rehabilitation of the men and offer support to their families.
One such organisation is PACT Through the Gate project
which offers support to families. A volunteer placed by Wrexham
Volunteer Centre with the organisation tells her story:
short time after starting my university course I decided to do some
volunteering, but I had no idea what I wished to do. After
contacting AVOW, I went in to discuss what would be involved. Staff
in the Volunteer Centre at AVOW had a wealth of knowledge and I
felt completely at ease as we went through any requirements that
both myself and the various organisations were looking for.
then I decided that I would like to be a mentor for PACT Through
the Gate, which is a charity that works with vulnerable offenders
on their day of release from prison.
been volunteering with PACT for the past 8 months, in which time I
have met many different people from all walks of life and have been
to various different places. The hands on knowledge I have gained
from volunteering, realising the difficult lives some people lead
has been immense. And the chance to make a positive difference to
someone's life is very rewarding; I have received wonderful
feedback from numerous clients.
best news of all is that I have been offered a part time job
working as a mentor for PACT. I have found volunteering
to be a worthwhile and positive experience both for myself and the
people I work with.'