We welcome new members and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for BEST, contact our Volunteer Coordinator via isobel@bestsupport.org.uk

Volunteer training

BEST provides its own training to all volunteers before they start visiting and an experienced visitor will accompany you on your first visit to the prison. BEST training is specifically for prison visitors and comprises a single session which takes place on a weekday evening from 19.00 to 21.00.

Visiting the prison

BEST will help you book visits and do all we can to support you as a BEST visitor, and to ensure you find volunteering with BEST an interesting and rewarding experience. We regard regular visits as essential for establishing trust and encourage our volunteers to visit once a fortnight.

Applying to be a volunteer

All volunteers are required to provide two character references when applying to join BEST and we encourage volunteers to attend BEST meetings: these are held in Balham Baptist Church, Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX, on a Thursday evening at 7.15 for 7.30 pm once every three months.

Download our Code of Practice

My professional opinion as a Custodial Manager on a residential unit, is that BEST is offering an excellent service to the Foreign National population, and has found ways to overcome issues that may affect their work, for example, language and cultural barriers, prison regimes and policies, and the occasional incident

CM Scott Deacon, Custodial Manager C Wing