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External evaluation of PVP

An independent evaluation of the Sue Ryder PVP was launched at the House of Lords in December 2012. This evaluation was fully funded by the Bromley Trust. The report is very positive about the programme and its outcomes and the value to the individual, the charity and the community.

Download the report: An evaluation of the Prison Volunteer Programme (pdf)


Stephen Moreton, Head of Education and Development at Attend, described Sue Ryder's Prison Volunteer Programme as "a pioneering scheme with much to teach and inspire the wider volunteer-involving community."

His paper reflects discussions with Carol Davis, Prison Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator (England and Wales, South). Attend is a national charity that supports and expands the roles volunteers play in creating healthy communities.

What our volunteers say…

In 2011, prison volunteers in our shops were invited to complete a survey about their experience of volunteering with Sue Ryder.

The verdict?

  • 94% of all our prison volunteers said they had been offered formal, job-specific training opportunities.
  • 78% of prison volunteers rated the volunteering experience with Sue Ryder as excellent, with no prisoner rating for our programme as fair or poor.
  • 97% of prisoners said the prison volunteer programme has helped them with teamwork
  • 94% believed the prison volunteer programme gave them a sense of achievement
  • 69% of prison volunteers said that the experience of working for Sue Ryder was more than they were expecting
  • 100% of respondents said they would recommend the prison volunteer programme to other prisoners

Read the survey results in full