We know that being separated from your loved ones can be difficult at the best of times, and the suspension of prison visits as part of measures to control the global pandemic has put even more pressure on families who are apart from each other because of imprisonment. That's why we're proud to launch Pact Packets, a brand new collection of resources to support children, families and prisoners throughout the Coronavirus crisis and beyond. 

Each Pact Packet resource can be downloaded and printed at home and contains a selection of entertaining, age-appropriate activities to help pass the time. There are puzzles and brain-teasers, drawing and writing challenges, and two dedicated 21-day challenges for children and teenagers to complete. These resources were thought up by some of our amazing Pact People after we set a competition looking for the best ways to offer remote support to children. Congratulations to Saara Nelson (Wales and South West Play Coordinator), Hayley Tanner (volunteer at HMP Erlestoke) and Kirsty Waller (volunteer at HMP Moorland) - and a massive thank you for your ideas.  

We'll also be adding to these resources over the coming weeks and months and sharing best practice and ideas from other organisations. 

We've also put together some resources to help Pact staff - and other key workers - to support prisoners throughout this difficult time. For more information on the Pact Packets for prisoners, please get in touch with us

While prison visits are not open, you can find contact details for Pact's family support teams and the most up-to-date information we have in our digital visitors' guides.

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