Sussex Prisoners’ Families is a community interest company which supports local families to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one. We offer support and advice to families, as well as training and awareness-raising for professionals so that they can better meet families’ needs. Our goals:

  • To provide advice and information for prisoners’ families in a timely fashion
  • To support prisoners’ families to make informed decisions about their lives
  • To reduce the stigma facing prisoners’ families
  • To provide opportunities for prisoners’ families to support each other
  • To ensure that professionals in Sussex have the information and training they need to support prisoners’ families
  • To listen to prisoners’ families and to shape our services accordingly
  • To provide our volunteers with high quality training, support and transferable skills.



Our Court Family Support Project provides volunteers to support families in court who have had a loved-one sent to prison, linking them to organisations and resources that may be able to help. We have Community Support Groups/Advice Drop-ins running in Brighton and Hastings. We also offer a First Stop Advice Line (Friday 10-4) offering support to families in Sussex.

SPF Annual Reviews 2015-16

Annual Review 2016

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Progress Review 2015

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Development Director, Denis Byrne has twenty five years’ experience working with children, young people and families in community development and criminal justice settings. Denis has worked both in the statutory sector for local authorities and in the voluntary sector for national and neighbourhood based charities across Sussex. He has managed and developed projects and is an experienced trainer.

Courts and Volunteer Director, Rachelle Gold has worked for over 20 years in the criminal justice sector, focusing on education and training, heath promotion and volunteer management, She has developed and delivered outreach services to vulnerable and hard to reach groups, including prisoners’ and their families, sex working women and men, homeless people and adult learners.

Communications Director, Sam Hart has worked in the criminal justice sector for more than 15 years. She has set up and run family days in various prisons, supported prisoners’ accessing housing on release and has campaigned for improved services for prisoners’ families. She is a qualified and experienced trainer and helped develop the Hidden Sentence training course.



To contact Sam, Rachelle or Denis at Sussex Prisoners’ Families: Email us here

Registered office, 39-41 Surrey St, Brighton BN1 3PB 01273 499843

Sussex Children and Families of Prisoners is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee. Company number 8631063.

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