Croeso i Pact Cymru!
Pact has several projects which cover public sector prisons in Wales, generously funded by the Big Lottery Wales in conjunction with the Prison Service.
Swansea have two full time and one part time Family Engagement Workers who provide family casework support to men at HMP Swansea and their families. They also run interventions such as parenting courses, relationship courses, family days and baby groups. To get more information, please contact the senior worker at Swansea, Trish Woodhouse: Trish.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 485474
Cardiff provide casework to prisoners and families through three full-time Family Engagement Workers and also provide interventions such as family days, literacy projects, relationships courses and baby groups. We also run a Pact Lunch service in the prison visiting hall, which ensures that families are able to eat and drink together at every visit. For more information, please contact the manager of Cardiff Services, Nadia Emblin: Nadia.email@example.com or 02920 923389
HMP Usk & Prescoed
Pact have a Family Engagement Worker who works across both Usk and Prescoed prisons, providing casework, information and advice and drop-in sessions for prisoners and families as well as running family days and other interventions. For more information, please contact Julia Griffiths, the Usk/Prescoed FEW: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01291 673701
Volunteering in Wales
Pact Cymru welcome applications from people who wish to volunteer with us both in and out of the prison setting. We currently have volunteers who help to run family days, mentor families in the community, help with courses and play an important part in other work too. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Christine Hall: Christine.email@example.com or 07880 388413
Support for Welsh women in Prison
Pact run an innovative project called ‘Visiting Mum’, which helps children from South Wales to keep in touch with their mothers at HMP Eastwood Park. We have teamed up with Sova to provide volunteers to help with the practicalities of visiting. To learn more about this project, please contact Pact’s manager of family services at Eastwood Park: Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01454 382336
Through The Gate Mentoring for Offenders
Across Wales and the South West we have opportunities for volunteers to provide mentoring support to offenders on release from custody. Our Through The Gate Mentors meet with Service Users prior to their release, on the day of their release, and approximately two weeks after release to provide 1:1 mentoring support, helping with their immediate resettlement needs. This can include escorting the Service User to appointments in the community, linking them in with appropriate support services, and providing practical and emotional support during the mentoring period.
Given the large geographical area this project covers, we are looking for volunteers from locations right across Wales and the South West of England.
For further information or to register your interest, please get in touch by emailing TTGVolunteering@prisonadvice.org.uk
Welsh Practitioner’s Network
Pact also provide support for professionals whose work brings them into contact with families dealing with imprisonment through the Welsh Practitioner Network. As a member of the virtual network, you will be the first to receive updates on new initiatives, information on work with families in the sector, have a chance to feed in to national consultations and policy and have access to an annual programme of events and workshops. To learn more, or to add yourself to the network, please contact: Joanne.email@example.com or 01792 485392
The next Welsh Practitioner Network event is a Huddle, which will be held at Neath Port Talbot CVS in Alfred Street, Neath, on Monday 2nd November from 1.00pm to 3.30pm.
A Huddle is a speed-networking event where professionals can get casework advice from relevant criminal justice agencies, including Welsh prisons and charities working in the sector. It is also open to family members who would like to discuss issues, ask questions and find support.
You can just drop in to this event on the day and speak to professionals around the room depending on your needs. As well as the prisons and supporting agencies, there will be advice for working with children, domestic abuse and support for women.
To speak to someone about this, please call Joanne Mulcahy on 01792 485392.
Pact and Public Sector Prisons Wales were delighted to have been shortlisted for an award for their outstanding partnership with the Charity Times awards.
Pact and the Prison Service in Wales have worked together to write a strategy for visiting prisons in Wales, called ‘Every Visit Counts’, which will be launched at the conference in September. It lays out prisons’ commitment to the importance of visits and how they will work to develop them.