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
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/
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/
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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/
Confederation of European Probation
Is “a network of independent organisations which support European citizens imprisoned outside their country of residence and their families”
“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.”