Volunteering for Forward gives you the chance to gain real work experience whilst making a difference to the lives of ex-offenders and people with drug and alcohol issues. Volunteering with Forward will help you to develop key skills, meet new people and will give you a great insight into what it is like to work in the addiction and criminal justice fields.

Forward encourages and empowers volunteers by providing meaningful volunteering roles and development opportunities that may help prepare you for work. We offer volunteering opportunities in our prison and community projects, and in various Head Office departments.

More information on volunteering

We have a range of roles, including:

Meet and Greet: supporting our clients on their first day of release from prison

Mentoring: we have a variety of mentoring roles available from corporate mentoring to recovery mentors

Community and Prison support volunteers: working with our Drug & Alcohol Practitioners and counsellors to support with the service delivery, including administrative support and reception

Administration: providing administration support in our teams at head office or other projects based around the UK

Some volunteer opportunities are for specific projects or periods, while other volunteer roles are ongoing, and are recruited for on a rolling basis.

Former volunteers have gone on to further education, training, and careers in the sector.

Other benefits include: regular supervision and support; training to help enhance required skills; pathways to accredited learning programmes; travel and lunch expenses; references; notifications about internal job vacancies; a formal induction to the work of Forward and its services. 


Volunteers are treated as equal members of the team and their work is highly valued.

We ask in return that volunteers agree to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and show commitment to the values and goals of the organisation.

Yes. Forward has been accredited by Volunteering England for our commitment to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity.

Forward welcomes applications that reflect the diversity of the communities in which we work.

If you have skills, knowledge, and experience that you want to offer but don’t see a current role that fits your skill set, please contact the volunteering team by calling 0203 752 5560 to discuss whether there might be an opportunity to consider your application.