Mentors for Ex-Offenders - to Help Reduce the Chance of Reoffending

Footprints is a charity that recruits and trains volunteers to mentor ex-offenders and try to reduce the risk of reoffending and help them to change their behaviour. As a volunteer mentor you will meet and support clients on release from prison into the community or when serving a sentence in the community, and aim to empower the client to themselves to re-integrate back into society, to change past behaviours and to lead useful and law abiding lives.

This can involve anything from practical support - i.e accompaying a client to the housing/benefits office - to challenging their behaviour and offering praise and guidance. You will also ensure that they have access to other support groups that they may need.

It will be necessary for a certain amount of paperwork to be completed after each meeting with the client and access to email/internet will be essential. All expenses are paid subject to current recommended rates for travel and on production of a receipt for other costs incurred.

Induction training is given and you will be expected to attend peer mentor events and ongoing training sessions. You will also be expected to complete the required paperwork/computer work on each client on a regular basis, to liaise with your supervisor and the manager of your area and to keep us informed of any changes in situation that effects your or your client.

We try to match our mentees and clients to enable the most suitable relationship for both and incorporating the needs of the client. It is important if you have a particular client group that you are not happy to work with or feel unconfident about doing so, that you inform us at the interview stage.


Experience of prison and or drug/alcohol abuse can be useful but it is not essential.

Basic literacy and computer skills

Common sense, resilience and a sense of humour

Reliability, consistency and dependability

Ability to work alone seeking support and help where necessary

To be a suitable role model

To be non-judgemental

Ability to listen, communicate, empathise but to also challenge behaviour and attitudes where necessary

Maintain appropriate boundaries and understand the importance of confidentiality


  • Age restrictions
    Minimum 21+ we prefer volunteers who are roughly the same age as our service users, most of whom are 30+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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