This workshop is for prisoners approaching release, ideally in the last 6 months of their sentence. It enables them to set realistic goals for family life, to consider the practical and emotional issues that may arise for themselves and their family members, and how these can be addressed.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognise any family relationship communication traits that need improvement and suggest how this could be done.
  • Identify the network of support available to themselves and to their family members and to be able to say who might be helpful in their ‘living well’.
  • Set realistic goals, actions and time lines for the immediate and longer term. Suggest what goals might likewise be important to other family members.
  • Identify underlying issues for themselves and family members and how to approach these with a view to their resolution and reducing anxiety.

The workshop totals five hours which is typically delivered in one day.

Modules include:

  • Are you listening? Improving communication.
  • Coming home – the issues. Looking at it from both sides.
  • Coming home – a case study.
  • Planning ahead.