Supporting Families. Advising Professionals. Giving Children and Young People a Voice.
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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.
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: https://www.gov.uk/find-prison
NEED TO TALK?
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 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 me”
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Have you ever used our First Stop Helpline? Or had support over the phone from Rachelle, Sam or Denis?
Then please can you help us by fill out our First Stop Helpline survey? It only takes 5 minutes (honest). By completing this survey you will not only help us improve our service but it will also allow us to obtain funding in order to support other prisoners families.
We want to hear from families in West Sussex affected by the imprisonment of a family
member. We are also keen to hear from professionals who have supported a
family member with someone in prison.