Are you a family member?

Are you worried about coping alone? Paying the bills? Telling the children? Visiting prison?


Are you a professional?

We offer training and consultancy to professionals working with prisoners’ families, including Hidden Sentence Training.


Would you like to volunteer?

Our trained volunteers offer practical support and help reduce the social isolation felt by prisoners’ families. We also would like to hear from people interested in setting up community support groups for prisoners’ families.


Want to have your say?

We want to hear about your experiences and any ideas you may have to improve life for prisoners’ families.


Please consider donating to Sussex Prisoners’ Families, a community interest company


DoodleCards have been specially designed to help children stay connected with a loved one during a separation. They help divided families to share ideas, spark memories and dream about the future. Families can complete the captivating ‘doodle starters’ however they choose then pop them in the post, providing a fun, visual way of keeping in touch. Each pack contains ten individually designed A5 postcards by acclaimed children’s illustrator Guy Parker-Rees.

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My friend/family member has just been sentenced. What happens next?

Most people sentenced in Sussex will be sent to HMP Lewes in the first instance. A prisoner should be allowed a phone call within 24 hours of arriving at prison to let you know where they are.  You should be entitled to a ‘reception’ visit soon after the prisoner arrives and you can call the prison to arrange. More information about HMP Lewes and how to visit is in this leaflet. For information about other prisons visit:

HMP Lewes Information for Families


Are you a family member? Do you need to talk to someone?

Please call our First Stop Advice Line  01273 499843 for information about local support. Fridays from 10-4

At other times call the Prisoners’ Friends and Families Service Helpline 0808 808 3444 or the Offenders’ Families Helpline 0808 808 2003


“We are usually isolated and helpless in such matters so I want to thank you and SPF for your kind help.”

“Thank you for the wonderful work you have done, your service is fabulous, I’ll be passing your information on to other people who may need your help.”

“Thank you very much, I didn’t know anything about what would happen to Dan when he arrived in prison, you have really helped to explain it all and reassure me”


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Experienced in HR, Finance or Business? We Need You….

We are looking for Non Executive Directors to help us expand our service to families.  Do you have the skills and experience to take us to our next stage of development? See attached role description and invitation for more details. SPF NEDs invitation SPF NED Role...

Film Screening with Q and A Please Join Us 6th September

We are delighted to be co-hosting this powerful new film about life inside Folsom State Prison. Please join us for a screening and a Q and A session with members of the crew and cast. Follow three men as they join serving convicts at a four-day group therapy session. Wednesday 6th September at 6:30 at The Dukes at Komedia, Gardner Street Brighton

Think Support Groups Aren’t for You….?

Think again! Our support group meets on the first Monday of each month in central Brighton at 1pm. We are a friendly, informal group and offer each other support in a relaxed environment. We also offer regular outings and opportunities for families to have their say about the issues that affect them. Get support from people who have been there! For details of the exact venue, or if you would like someone to meet you before the group starts, please contact or call 01273...