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.



Drop-in for Families in Hastings and St Leonards

Drop In Advice Service for Families and Friends of Prisoners Sussex Prisoners’ Families provide free and independent advice, guidance and support. Do you know someone facing a prison sentence? Are you coping alone? Need help talking to children? Concerned about paying bills? Worried about going to court or visiting a prison? Do you want to talk things through? Click here for dates and venues...

Hidden Voices

Zap Art and Sussex Prisoners’ Families have received £30,000 grant funding towards the ‘Hidden Voices’ from People’s Postcode Trust (£20,000) and BBC Children in Need (£10,000). Hidden Voices is an exciting new collaboration with Zap Art & Sussex Prisoners’Families(SPF) to raise awareness of the ‘hidden sentence’ faced by one of society’s most invisible groups – prisoners’ families (partners, carers, parents and particularly young people and children). The project seeks to highlight the impact of family imprisonment upon wellbeing, relationships and life chances and offer a platform to promote youth voice. Funding will support an exciting programme of expressive arts workshops in youth clubs and community centres across East and West Sussex, a 3 day intensive digital storytelling project delivered by the University of Brighton and Digitales, professional training and a public showcase event in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. The Hidden Voices project is produced by Zap Art in partnership with Sussex Prisoners’ Families, University of Brighton, Digitales and Salvation Army Housing Association (Newhaven), supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and BBC Children in Need. Express Yourself Join Sussex Prisoners’ Families & Zap Art for an action-packed, fun-filled programme of expressive arts workshops and creative activities for all ages. Have a go at DJing, creating rap music lyrics, circus skills, puppetry, Graffiti, arts and crafts and more! These drop-in events are FREE to attend and open to families, children and young people with family members or loved-ones in prison or the criminal justice system. Bring along your friends or neighbours. Refreshments and support with travel costs will be provided. When? Where? Saturday 28th January (Bewbush...

Express yourself

Fancy a go at puppet making? Digital animation? Rap? Circus skills? Music? Photography? We have some very exciting arts projects for prisoners’ families coming up in the new year in Brighton, Hastings, Newhaven and Crawley in partnership with Zap Arts. When? Saturday 28th January (Crawley)  Sunday 29th January (Newhaven) Saturday 4th February (Hastings)  Sunday 5th February (Brighton) Venues to be confirmed What time? Drop in any time between 11am-4pm Interested? Contact Download flyer...


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

What do people say about us?

”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




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 and then simply 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.