Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Volunteer Programme

*Applications are not currently being accepted.*

IPRT is committed to reducing imprisonment, respecting the rights of everyone in the penal system, and progressive reform of the penal system based on evidence-led policies. IPRT works towards these goals through research, raising awareness, building alliances, and growing our organisation.

IPRT is committed to offering volunteering opportunities to students and practitioners interested in learning about penal reform and the work of IPRT. It is an opportunity to contribute and develop skills, and learn about the criminal justice system from another perspective. IPRT does not follow a service provision model, and therefore our volunteering opportunities are in the area of policy, advocacy and research activities. We make sure it is a meaningful experience for our volunteers, who we welcome as part of the team. Volunteers are mentored directly by our Senior Policy & Research Officer, but also engage with the whole team, including the Legal & Public Affairs Manager and the Communications Officer. Volunteers have opportunities to attend events and conferences, and network within the sector.

Volunteer placements with IPRT are generally offered for up to 5 months, on a part-time basis (14-19 hours per week): February to June and September to January. 

Volunteer placements are unpaid. Therefore, IPRT aims to facilitate flexibility in volunteer hours to support the work and study needs of our volunteers.

IPRT welcomes anyone with an interest in penal reform to the programme, regardless of their background. We actively encourage people with convictions histories to apply. 

While IPRT is not currently accepting applications, the documents below will provide you with an overview of the programme and the application process. When we are accepting applications again, we will share the information on our website, social media, and other channels.

For general queries about the programme, please contact:

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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