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 the leaflet below.  For useful contacts at HMP Lewes, click here.  For information about other prisons visit, click here.

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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Families Connected – New Grant

Sussex Prisoners’ Families is developing new ways of supporting families online, thanks to a new grant from Nesta.

With the £17,500 fund we will enable families to support each other online during times of crisis and to keep them up to date with vital information and support services.

Read All About It

It’s been a busy few months here at Sussex Prisoners’ Families. Read what we have been up to in our first newsletter of 2018.

Annual Report

Do you want to know what we got up to last year? Read all about it in our Annual Report.