Volunteers with St Nicholas Trust offer tea, coffee and a biscuit, a welcoming smile and a listening ear at the prison visiting centre.. They also hand out information to any newcomers on how the visiting system works.  If you think you would like to volunteer please contact Ann on 087 9031968

Cork Prison Visiting Times

Monday /Wednesday/Friday 2.30pm – 3.00pm – 3.30pm and 5.45pm

Tuesday / Friday     5.45pm

Saturday      10.30am – 11.00am – 11.30am  2.30pm – 3.00m – 3.30pm

Sunday  (Enhanced visits only)   2.30pm

Prison Visiting Tel 021 2387133 or irishprisons.ie.

Below is given an account by a volunteer of their experience with us.

“I started volunteering with The Saint Nicholas Trust in Feburary 2012. I was after losing my job and  I was interested in doing something different with my free time. I first started helping out in the Cork prisoners visitor centre for 2 hours one morning a week. At first I was understandably a little bit nervous about this  but said I will give it a go anyway. For the first few times there was an experienced volunteer with me so this definitely helped. I helped to serve tea and coffee to visitors, with juice for the children. After a while I felt comfortable talking to visitors and explaining what will happen to them when they enter the prison . I also highlighted the other supports that are offered by The St Nicholas Trust.

After about 8 months of doing this I found myself back in full time employment. I really wanted to stay involved so I am now updating this website. I received training from a web designer and contribute about an hour a week to this work. I am also working on the committee that helps to run The St Nicholas Trust.

I feel that I have given a lot to St Nicholas Trust. Also I have gained so much that will help me. I have learned how to work with people who are in challenging circumstances. I have learned so much about prisoners families and their children, alongside prisoners rights. Through working on the website I have gained computer skills that are of great benefit. Also I am learning about how a voluntary organisation is managed. All in all this continues to be a rewarding experience with a voluntary organisation that is dedicated to helping prisoners family members”.

 

 

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