Got a bit of time to spare – from a few minutes to a few hours? Give time to Prisoners Abroad and make a massive difference to our work.

Our work saves lives – can your experience help us?

Current volunteering opportunity – Trusts Volunteer

Prisoners Abroad is a unique welfare and human rights charity providing advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. We help people during their incarceration, when they return to the UK and need resettlement services, and we also support their family and friends throughout the trauma.


We are looking for a trusts volunteer to assist the trusts team capitalise on new opportunities and maximise donations, which make up a significant part of the overall income at Prisoners Abroad. You will undertake prospect research, ensuring that relevant updates are monitored and a variety of searches carried out; this can then be shared with the rest of the team and pursued as appropriate. You will also have a portfolio of small trusts to work on, including sending updates, reports and appeals. Finally, after receiving training, you will be a database contact in the trusts team. The ideal candidate will be organised, IT literate, have an eye for detail and strong writing skills. It is also essential that you are committed to the aims of Prisoners Abroad.


– Prospect research
– Leading on mail-merges
– Sending individual updates, reports and appeals to small trusts
– Drafting applications, reports and thank you letters

– Using the donor database on behalf of the trusts team
– General administration
We are looking for a commitment of 1 to 2 days per week for at least 3/6 months at our office in Finsbury Park. We reimburse travel and lunch expenses.

Please submit a CV and supporting statement setting out your skills and interests.

For further details please contact Duncan on 020 7561 6851 or email: [email protected]

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Take part in our Christmas card scheme

The Christmas card scheme provides much-appreciated comfort to those in prisons around the world who are feeling the isolation from their friends and families at this time of year. It operates in October and November each year.

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Our penpal service is a highly-valued lifeline – could you write to an isolated prisoner who might otherwise never hear from home?

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Become a volunteer translator

Help us translate documents for prisoners by joining our pool of skilled volunteer translators.

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Donate books and clothes


People imprisoned overseas rely on books and magazines to get them through this isolating experience. From time to time we appeal for donations of good-quality paperbacks or specific magazines. If you wish to donate, please check first by emailing [email protected]

People who return to the UK after being imprisoned abroad often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back. Without a support system it can be very hard to get a job or a house. A small gift of some spare clothes can give people the confidence to start this difficult road to recovery. To find out how you can donate, email [email protected]

Help in our office

Join the team and help with admin, sending reading material to prisoners, research and more.

Check for vacancies

Find out more about volunteering with Prisoners Abroad by downloading our Volunteer Factsheet – packed with ideas of how to help.

Fundraise for us


From coffee morning to book clubs, there are plenty of ways you can help raise awareness of (and funds for!) Prisoners Abroad. Find out more

Or complete the volunteering questionnaire and return by post or email (to [email protected]) for us to bear in mind when opportunities come up. We receive a high number of enquiries so you may not receive a reply unless we have a vacancy.

Share your story

Have you had an experience with overseas imprisonment? Sharing your story is very valuable and will be used with care and trust; it can raise awareness of the conditions and difficulties people face, and explain how Prisoners Abroad has helped. If this is something you are interested in doing please email [email protected]