Links

Below are website links of organisations involved in prison and prisoner rehabilitation. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement but site are included because they may be interesting or useful to visitors to this site.

Song for DD by Bigger than Us

(Urban Beat Shop at HMP Guys Marsh) in aid of the Headsmart Campaign and CLIC Sargent and in memory of David, son of Toby Langton-Gilks, who leads the Urban Beat Shop workshops, can be downloaded here for 69p: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Loving-Memory-David-Langton-Gilks/dp/B00AU3WD2K

Friends of Guys Marsh has ensured the continuation and development of Toby’s music education workshops at Guys Marsh since prison funding became unavailable for this provision.

The Jailhouse Café

and plant stall at HMP Guys Marsh.The Community Interest Company, Expia, now manage the Café which is open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm with a full menu for lunches and light refreshments. Prisoners are trained here in catering and front of house skills which Friends of Guys Marsh fully support and highly recommend as a friendly and enjoyable venue. Seasonal plant and vegetable produce from the Prison’s Horticulture department is normally on sale and unusual gifts can also be bought from the Café. http://www.jailhousecafe.co.uk

Footprints

is a charity that mentors men and women who are either leaving prison or are serving a sentence in the community but who are returning to live in Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole or south Somerset. http://www.footprintsproject.co.uk/

The Hardman Trust

Aims to: Provide financial awards to help exceptional prisoners achieve their goals upon release, highlight special achievement by long term prisoners showing that they can make good and that they do have something to offer the community. and raise awareness in the Prison Service of the financial support available to individual prisoners and ex-offenders, by publishing and distributing copies of the “Prisoner Funder Directory” to every prison in the UK. http://www.hardmantrust.org.uk/

Doing Time

Who “tell it like it is based on our shared experiences on both sides of the wall” For prisoners they “will tell you the reality of what you are facing as you are processed through the system, and will help you and yours deal with the day-to-day issues” and for victims, Doing Time “provides factual information to the victims of crime, explaining what help is available from the prison, probation and other agencies.” –  http://www.doingtime.co.uk/

Citizens Advice Bureau

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Step Change

Experts in helping people to manage and repay their debts, offer tailored advice and practical solutions to help manage debt and make a fresh start. http://www.stepchange.org/

The Prison Service

Has a section where you can find out the location and visiting details about a prison and information about the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme, amongst other things. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-prison-service

Support for prisoner’s families and friends

https://www.gov.uk/support-for-families-friends-of-prisoners

First time in Prison

Practical advice written by lawyers for individuals (and families) who are facing a first prison sentence. http://www.firsttimeinprison.co.uk

Prison Reform Trust

An independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/

Prisoners’ Education Trust

Provides access to broader learning opportunities for prisoners to enhance their chances of building a better life after release. http://www.prisonerseducation.org.uk

RECOOP

Is a national charity that works with prisoners over the age of 50 (of whom there is an increasing number in UK prisons) and promotes their care, rehabilitation and resettlement. http://www.recoop.org.uk

Fine Cell Work

A social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem.
http://www.finecellwork.co.uk/

e-Mail a Prisoner

A charity that runs an email channel to prisoners, maintaining family ties, reducing stress and facilitating partnerships with key agencies for resettlement. http://www.emailaprisoner.com

Prison Chat UK

An online forum “giving support to those who have a loved one inside the British prison system”
http://www.prisonchatuk.com/

Prisoners’ Family Voices

A web-based community which gives family members the opportunity to talk to each other. http://prisonersfamiliesvoices.blogspot.com

The Forgiveness Project

Is an organization working with grass-roots projects in the fields of conflict resolution, reconciliation and victim support. http://www.theforgivenessproject.com

Barnado’s UK

http://www.barnardos.com

Shannon Trust

Aims to transform lives by inspiring prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who cannot. This is a particularly effective way of reaching prisoners who, for whatever reason, shun formal education.
http://www.shannontrust.org.uk

Storybook Dads (& Mums)

Enables prisoners to record bedtime stories for their children on CDs and DVDs to maintain the vital bond between parent and child. http://storybookdads.org.uk

Not Shut Up

A national quarterly magazine celebrating and facilitating creative programming in a range of custodial settings

http://www.notshutup.org/

Inside Time magazine

A monthly newspaper for prisoners. Any profits made are automatically donated to The New Bridge Foundation.
http://insidetime.org/

The New Bridge Foundation

Through befriending and mentoring, New Bridge works with individual offenders responding to their own needs, talents and potential to help them to realise their full potential as members of society.
http://www.newbridgefoundation.org.uk/

CLINKS

Support voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families.
http://www.clinks.org/

Haven

Books for prisoners.
http://www.havendistribution.org.uk/

The Open Book Project

Was established to support those at the margins of our society, to more fully address their situations through education.
http://www.theopenbookproject.org.uk/

Prisoners’ Families and Friends Service

provide support, friendship and advice to the families and friends of anyone sentenced to imprisonment or remanded in custody”
http://www.pffs.org.uk/

National Offenders’ Families Helpline

Offer “advice and support on all aspects of arrest, going to court and prison.”
They also offer a translation service. http://www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org/

POPS

Provide information and support to the families of offenders from their earliest contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS), through to release and beyond. http://www.partnersofprisoners.co.uk/

UNLOCK (the National Association of Ex-offenders)

help people overcome the long-term disadvantages caused by their criminal convictions, and work with government, employers and others to enable people to move on positively in their lives.”
http://www.unlock.org.uk/

Nacro Resettlement Service Finder

Information on housing, employment, education and training and other services in England and Wales for resettling ex-prisoners and supporting offenders in the community. http://www.rsfinder.info

Action for Prisoners’ Families

Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders Families, part of Family Lives, promotes the needs of families affected by imprisonment and supports professionals working with them through resources and training.
http://www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk/

AFFECT

Provide services for the families of serious offenders and offers support groups to families in the south of England. AFFECT is a member of Action for Prisoners’ Families. http://www.affect.org.uk

Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust)

Provides useful information on visiting and how visitors’ centres can help families. http://www.prisonadvice.org.uk

PAS (The Prisoners’ Advice Service)

is the only independent registered charity offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners in England and Wales“. http://www.prisonersadvice.org.uk/

Migrant Help

“offer a specialist advice service to foreign nationals being held in UK prisons and detention centres” http://www.migranthelp.org/foreign-national-advice/

Bail for Immigrant Detainees

“exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK [and] work with asylum seekers and migrants in removal centres and prisons to secure their release. http://www.biduk.org/

Migrants Rights

Is an “NGO working and campaigning in support of migrants in the UK”.
http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/

About Human Rights

http://www.abouthumanrights.co.uk/prisoners-rights-if-convicted-crime-serving-sentence.html Has some information on the rights of prisoners in UK jails.

Confederation of European Probation

Is “a network of independent organisations which support European citizens imprisoned outside their country of residence and their families”
http://cep-probation.org/foreign-national-prisoners/

Counselling Directory

“When you are going through a difficult time, it can be very easy to keep your worries to yourself and believe that you are the only one experiencing such painful feelings. While we all have our own ways of coping, information and support can make a huge difference.”
https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/