Volunteer with us

Please note: we are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for our HMYOI Aylesbury and HMP /YOI Brinsford projects only. We expect recruitment to restart for our London projects in the autumn.



We are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least a year with us, giving on average 10 hours per month to a young person, including travel time.



When we receive a completed application form, we will acknowledge receipt within 2 weeks. As part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment, all application forms will be carefully assessed for suitability and so we would encourage you to read the application guidance with care and answer every question thoroughly. Should we choose not to progress your application, you will be notified and where possible we will signpost you to other volunteering opportunities. It is worth noting that there is a rigorous vetting process HMPS shared services disclosure.



Once you have completed the initial training, suitable references received and you have been security cleared to work within the relevant young offending institution, we will begin matching you to a suitable mentee, we will consult with you before this match is confirmed. While you are mentoring a young person, you can claim reasonable travel expenses.

All volunteer mentors are asked for a minimum commitment of 12 months - with weekly, 1-hour visits to their mentee whilst they are in prison and then upon release, the meetings will be in the community.

In considering your application to join Trailblazers, we would ask you to give particular thought to this commitment and whether you can maintain it. It is normal for you to mentor 1 young person during your first year and this may be extended to 2 young people if we feel you have the time and capacity to do this.


As a mentor, you will be fully supported and supervised by an experienced Project Manager.