Meet at the Gate Volunteer Mentor

We work alongside the prison and probation service supporting vulnerable adults on their release from custody. We support them with their immediate resettlement needs, which include attending their initial probation appointments, and assisting with benefits, housing, health and safety.

Mentoring will be taking place somewhere that will be convenient for both ( this can be agreed on), volunteers will also be given a phone provided by Pact to use for work.


Our mission is to support prisoners and their families to make a fresh start, and to minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on people who have committed offences, on families and on communities.

We are therefore looking for people who believe that everyone should be treated in a respectful, non-judgmental, empathic way, encouraging a positive outlook prior to release.

We are looking for volunteers to support prisoners resettling back through practical and emotional support. Volunteers will be working in prison before release, then after release in the community to continue engagement with services


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    All travel expenses will be paid (0.45p per mile).
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Our Meet at the Gate Mentors meet with service users, prior to their release from prison, on the day of their release, and approximately two weeks after release.


Winchester Prison
Romsey Road
SO22 5DF

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