Also operating in

women's prisons

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Storybook Dads is a registered charity in England and Wales. Charity Registration No. 1101208

Volunteer Opportunities


At HMP Channings Wood or HMP Dartmoor:

The Storybook Dads Head Office is based in HMP Channings Wood with our sister office being based in HMP Dartmoor (both in Devon). Volunteering for Storybook Dads means being part of a small, close-knit, friendly and dedicated team. All our staff and volunteers have to ‘muck in’ with pretty much everything!

The work is varied, interesting, challenging (sometimes frustrating due to the restrictions of working within a prison!) but always rewarding.


So whether you’re more comfortable delivering a workshop, doing admin or being a puppeteer, we like to think there’s enough going on to keep you interested! Full training will be provided as required but please don’t feel obliged to take on anything that you are uncomfortable with. If you have any particular skills (e.g. IT, marketing, design, PR) then we can certainly use them!

Hours and minimum commitments: Volunteer opportunities are available daytime and weekdays only. Due to the lengthy and complicated procedure involved in getting security clearance, we need a minimum commitment of one day a week for at least a year.


Volunteering with Storybook Dads in other prisons:


Other prisons in our network make their own arrangements for running the project. Some of them are happy to enlist the help of volunteers, but it depends entirely on their working pattern, regime, security department etc. Again the work is weekdays and daytimes only and a minimum commitment of one day a week for at least a year still applies. If you are interested in volunteering on this basis, we can put you in touch with the Storybook Dads/Mums coordinator in the nearest prison to you so that you can liaise directly with them. If you're not sure which prisons are nearest to you, you can use this prison map  


For more information on volunteering with us or if you have

any questions please e-mail info@storybookdads.org.uk