Borderline Books written in capital blue letters on white background with image of bird flying over a barbed wire fence.
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Availability Details

Suggested days are Monday and Wednesday - or one of the two. This could change once the person is familiar with the work.

Borderline Books Office Volunteer

We collect books that are no longer needed by publishers, shops, libraries and individuals and redistribute them free of charge to organisations working with survivors of domestic abuse, people experiencing homelessness, ex-service men and women, former and current prisoners and their families, young offenders, children's homes, hostels for young people, refugees and those applying for asylum, vulnerable adults and children and families using food banks.

We have opportunities for volunteers to help with keeping up with book donations, stamping and sorting books, repairing books, arranging the shelves and contacting local organisations to invite them to visit. 

We are open to potential volunteers who have recently been released from prison.  All volunteers will be asked to complete an application form and give the names of two referees.

We are receiving an increasing number of requests for books from people in prison up and down the country and need help in particular with filing letters that come in.


Skills needed

Good organisational skills.
Good at the alphabet.
Policies in place

Adult and Children Safeguarding Policy in place


Equal Opportunities Policy


Health and Safety Policy


Volunteer Policy


DBS check required


Volunteers covered by Insurance


Policy and safeguarding notes

It is essential that people working with prison correspondence understand the importance of confidentiality.
Support and Training

On Going Support


Training Provided


Volunteer Induction


Written role description


Expenses Reimbursed


Support and Training Details

Duties can be expanded according to the interests and availability of the volunteer.

Other information

Age restrictions apply


Driving Licence Required



Age 18 years +.

Areas Covered

Venue Address

Unit 1B Stonehills
Shields Road, Pelaw
NE10 0HW
United Kingdom

54.954315303705, -1.5396501856513

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