For current volunteers
Giving phone support
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not currently possible to visit Brook House or Tinsley House. We have produced a phone support guidance document, that you can find here. It’s the first chapter of our learning on phone support and open to all of you to add to, from your experience as visitors offering phone support.
Every time you encounter a new situation or a new learning opportunity for us all, please share it and if you send it to Karris, it’ll be added to our notes. We love advice sheets that don’t ossify but grow with our combined learning. View the Phone Support notes here.
Upcoming visitor group meetings
All Visitor Support Group meetings are currently via Zoom – please contact the office for info
Reigate: 7 December at 10:30am
Crawley and Horsham: 7 December 5:30pm
Oxted: 4 January at 12:30pm
Brighton: 14 December 6:00pm
This will be updated with upcoming trainings as they arise.
Walk With Us are monthly events that keep our walking community connected all year round. Before the Covid-19 pandemic we walked in a large group, however during Covid-19 these walks have been replaced with small walking pods and online gatherings.
Walk With Us is open to people who have experienced detention, GDWG visitors, Refugee Tales walkers and anyone else who would like to join us! If you are interested in being a regular part of this walking community please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The next walks are on 30th January and 20th February 2021. Please contact email@example.com to join.
GDWG Volunteer policies are available to view and download here:
- Adults Safeguarding
- Child Safeguarding
- Conflicts of interest
- Property policy
- Visiting detainees who pose a safety risk
- Visiting detainees with serious convictions or inappropiate behaviour
- Visiting suicidal detainees
- Guidelines on gift giving
- Guidelines on staying in touch with former detainees
- Volunteering policy
- Volunteer Code of Conduct
Safeguarding report forms: