A CHARITY which works within prisons across the region is looking for new volunteers to join its team.

Nepacs, which help support more than 137,000 prison visitors each year, needs new members to work with families and children of prisoners at HMP Holme House, Stockton.

The charity is giving anyone interested in volunteering the chance to come along to their Volunteer Open Day at the prison's visitors’ centre on Monday, October 9 between 1pm to 4pm.

Emma Price, Nepacs volunteer coordinator, said: “The impact of imprisonment on children and families can be devastating and visiting court or prison for the first time can be quite difficult and sometimes distressing.

"Our volunteers offer a warm welcome and someone to chat to, which is particularly important for people who are going into the unknown and are facing a place and situation they may never have thought they would ever be."

To book a place email eprice@nepacs.co.uk or call 0191 375 7278.

Further details of all volunteer opportunities visit www.nepacs.co.uk