Teaching Needlework in Prison

Fine Cell Work is a rehabilitation charity and social enterprise that teaches prisoners and ex-prisoners to make beautiful handmade products. The making and selling of high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, and fosters hope.  The aim is for stitchers to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend.

Volunteering in prison involves patience and a time commitment, but is also hugely rewarding, and puts you in the privileged position of being able to work with some amazingly talented people in a very unusual setting. 

They are currently recruiting volunteers to teach embroidery, needlepoint, and/or quilting at HMPs Gartree (Market Harborough), Huntercombe (Henley-on-Thames), Long Lartin (Evesham), and Peterborough.


You do not need to be a highly-skilled stitcher but a basic knowledge is essential.

Teaching experience and/or experience of working with vulnerable or excluded groups is desirable but not a must.


  • Age restrictions
    We only work with adults over 18 years of age.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We reimburse all expenses related to volunteering with us, such as travel to and from prison and the cost of posting completed needlework back to us.
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

The timings of stitching groups depends on the prison and the availability of volunteers so is something we would work out in the future. In general we aim for volunteers to run stitching groups for two hours once every fortnight.


This opportunity is available Countywide.

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