Are you a family member?

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

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Are you a professional?

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

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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.

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Want to have your say?

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

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

Doodlecards

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: https://www.gov.uk/find-prison

HMP Lewes Information for Families

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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Circus Skills Workshop

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Want to run away with the circus? Join us in St. Leonards on Sunday 19th March 1-4pm at St. John’s Church Hall