Prisoners’ Families Voices: Pact 120th Anniversary AGM

Tuesday October 2nd 2018

5.45 – 7.30pm

A group of prisoners’ families are set to meet the Director of Public Sector Prisons, the Police Chief lead for children & young people, and the former Director General of HM Prison Service, as Pact, the charity for prisoners’ families, celebrates its 120th Anniversary

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) the national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families, today announced the details of its 120th Anniversary Annual General Meeting, at which people affected by imprisonment will have the opportunity to share their experiences and put across their views to top brass from HM Prison Service and the Police.

The event has been kindly sponsored by Unilink, the award-winning British software company which provides services to the Justice system, including the innovative ‘Email a Prisoner’ service. A special guest speaker will be Sir Martin Narey, DL, former Director General of HM Prison Service, who is now a non-Executive Advisory Board member at Unilink.

Keynote speakers who will be listening to and responding to the family members are:

  • Phil Copple, Director of Public Sector Prisons
  • Olivia Pinkney, Chief Constable for Hants & Isle of Wight & Police Chiefs Lead for the policing of children and young people
  • Sir Martin Narey, DL, non-Executive Advisory Board member at Unilink
  • Phil Taylor, OBE, Chair of Pact
  • Andy Keen-Downs, Pact CEO

About the Event

The Prisoners’ Families Voices event, which will incorporate a brief formal AGM, will take place on October 2nd, from 5.45 – 7.30pm, in the Castle Lecture Theatre, London South Bank University.  Thanks to the support of Unlink, and London South Bank University, admission is free of charge, and there will be a networking reception. 

Whilst the event is free of charge, donations to support Pact’s 120th Anniversary Appeal are very welcome You can make cheques payable to Pact and return to Pact, 29 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UA, or you can make a secure online donation To discuss your support contact [email protected] or call us on 0207 735 9535.

Book a Place

To reserve a place at the event, please click here.

About Pact

Pact supports people to make a fresh start, and works to minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment to people who have committed offences, to families and to communities. The charity works in over 60 prisons across England & Wales, providing:

  • Family Engagement Workers
  • Visitors’ centres
  • Supervised play for prisoners’ children
  • Family days
  • Catering and café services in prison visits halls
  • Relationship education and family learning & literacy
  • Personalised casework support
  • Courses for ‘hard to reach’ prisoners.

In London and North Wales Pact volunteers support defendants’ families in the courts.  Nationally, Pact provides the Prisoners’ Families Helpline service, in collaboration with Families Outside (Scotland) and NIACRO (Northern Ireland), which is funded by HMPPS.

Pact’s Vision

Pact’s vision is of a society in which justice is understood as a process of restoration and healing, in which prisons are used sparingly and as places of learning and rehabilitation, and in which the innate dignity and worth of every human being is valued.

120th Anniversary

The event will also see the launch of ‘The Pact Story’, a new 40pp commemorative booklet, which charts the charity’s history. The booklet, which has been kindly sponsored by CCLA  provides a glimpse into the Pact Archives, which date back to September 1898 when it was founded in London as the ‘Catholic Prisoners Aid Society’.  Each delegate will receive a complimentary copy of the new booklet.

Andy Keen-Downs, Pact CEO said:

We would like to thank London South Bank University for kindly hosting this event and we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Unilink, who have kindly sponsored our AGM and the Prisoners’ Families Voices Event.  We have a shared vision of how technology can be put to best effect to facilitate enhanced family contact and to improve outcomes for prisoners, families and society.

We are also delighted to announce our partnership with CCLA, which will enable us to reach out to our extensive networks and beyond with our shared goals to work for the common good.

We are grateful to our distinguished speakers for joining us to listen to the experiences and views of prisoners’ families, and to celebrate with us 120 years of service, collaboration, and innovation.

For more information:

Tel: 020 7735 9535

Email: [email protected]



About Unilink

Unilink Software is the leader in prisoner self-service, communications and offender management software.

About CCLA

CCLA is one of the UK's largest charity fund managers according to the latest Charity Finance Survey. Managing investments for charities, religious organisations and the public sector is all we do.