Volunteer Application Form

Please fill out the form below.

Please also download the Volunteer Reference form and give it to your two referees to fill out, then return it to the email address or postal address listed on the form.

Section 1: Personal Details




Other Names:

Home Address:

Post Code:


Phone Number:

Mobile Number:

Birth Date

I am interested in volunteering in the following areas of Prison Fellowship:
PF Group Sycamore Tree Angel Tree Letter Writing Reading Group (SPCK) Other 

Have you received PF training for any of the above:

Yes No 

If yes, please give details, including date (if known) and location of any training:

Are you currently involved in any Prison Fellowship activities?:

Yes No 

If yes, please give details, including your group or group leader's name (if known):

How did you hear about Prison Fellowship?:

A Friend: Yes  please name:

Church: Yes  please name:

Via the website: Yes 

Other (please state):

Section 2: Interests and Experience

Why are you interested in volunteering with Prison Fellowship?

How do your skills, experiences and values make you suitable for this volunteering role? Please make reference to the role descriptions on our website

If you have specialist skills, such as fluency in another language or a teaching qualification, please let us know as it will help us make the best use of people’s skills:

I am fluent in another language (please give details):

I have a teaching qualification (please give details and year of qualification):

Current occupation (if applicable):

Section 3: Personal Faith

Please describe how and when you became a Christian:

Please describe the difference your faith makes to your life:

Who is Jesus Christ to you?

Which church do you attend (please also specify denomination)?

Please tell us about your current involvement in the church:

Declaration of Faith (Apostle’s Creed)


We ask all volunteers to sign up to a mainstream Christian statement of faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life



* the universal Christian church of all times and all places (this does not refer to the Catholic denomination)

Section 4: General Information and Disclosures 

At Prison Fellowship we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults in our work. Disclosures made in this section allow us to assess applicant’s suitability to volunteer with vulnerable people in different areas of our work and also to provide advice and support to you while volunteering with us. PF may not be able to match every application to a volunteer position but we will endevour to do so wherever possible.

Do you hold a current full UK driving licence?
Yes No 

Do you have any disability or medical condition for which you receive treatment?(Including health conditions that should be disclosed for prison work)
Yes No N/A 

If yes, please give details:

Do you presently suffer/ have you previously suffered, from any mental illness for which you are receiving/ have received treatment?

Yes No 

If yes, please give details:

Are there any restrictions on you working in the UK?
Yes No 

Is there anything that precludes you working with children or vulnerable adults?
Yes No 

Please state if you are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults
Yes No 

If yes, please give details:

Do you have any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, bind-overs in the past or any cases pending?

Yes No 

If yes, please give details:

Has a previous organisation where you were either an employee or a volunteer ever taken disciplinary action against you or are you currently subject to any complaints or investigations in relation to your conduct with children or vulnerable adults?

Yes No 

If yes, please give details:


In accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and the General Data Protection Regulations (2018) Prison Fellowship England and Wales will hold your application form both on paper and in electronic format. Your contact details will not be released to any third party. Application forms will be shared with your local PF Group Leader. A contact list may be shared by your local PF Group Leader within the PF Local Group or programme activity.

Do you give consent to the above declaration?

Yes No 

We would love to stay connected with you regularly by post and/or email! As a PF Volunteer, it is important you stay up to date with our news and updates, because you represent the organisation when you go into a prison or another context.

Please let us know below how we can communicate with you and what you would like to receive from us:

I give permission to be contacted by:

 Email Post

I would like to receive the following communications:

 Exclusive Volunteer Newsletter (monthly) PF Newsletter (quarterly) Prayer Diary (monthly) Ministry Needs (quarterly)

I am committed to the aims of Prison Fellowship including their commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults. I have completed all sections of the application form accurately to the best of my knowledge and understand that to knowingly give false information or omit information is a breach of trust and could result in the ending of my volunteering relationship with Prison Fellowship. I understand that if I am subsequently convicted of a relevant criminal offence I must declare this to Prison Fellowship.



Section 5: Volunteer Agreement

This agreement tells you what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you.

We, Prison Fellowship, will do our best to:

  • Provide basic training and induction on the work of PF
  • Provide clear role descriptions for main PF volunteer roles and training for any specific volunteer role you undertake
  • Ensure that the personal information you give us is treated with care and discretion
  • Offer flexibility and the chance for personal development within your role wherever possible
  • Offer the right to change your mind regarding a voluntary activity without feeling guilty
  • Adhere to the PF policies and procedures on volunteering
  • Ensure that you know how to keep yourselves and those we work with in a safe environment
  • Treat you fairly and with respect and consideration at all times
  • Provide you with opportunities to influence the work of PF through appropriate opportunities to give us feedback
  • Reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses
  • Try to resolve in a fair and just manner any problems, complaints or difficulties that you may encounter whilst volunteering with us

I agree to do my best to:

  • Perform my role to the best of my ability
  • Be present at the dates and times that I have agreed, and let my agreed contact know as soon as possible if I am unable to come
  • Operate within PF guidelines, procedures and standards
  • Make sure my behaviour, attitude and language do not go against the aims and interests of PF’s vision or purpose and are in line with PF’s code of conduct
  • Report any behaviour or allegations made to me by prisoners, children or young adults or any concern about the behaviour of others
  • Let you know if my circumstances change e.g. contact details, health conditions



Note: this agreement is in honour only and is not intended to be a legally binding contract of employment.

What Happens Next

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

Once you have completed your application form please press the submit button below.

You will also need to get 2 references before we can consider your application.

One should be from your church leader and one from your current or most recent employer, or someone who can comment on you in an organisational capacity through any other work or volunteering you have undertaken. Please note it is your responsibility to obtain these references.

Please send the reference form (found at the top of this form) on to your chosen referees, who will need to return their references to the PF office.

A sample of all references submitted will be followed up with a telephone call to referees and an additional verbal reference taken.