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Wandsworth Community and Seldom Heard Grants

31 Mar 2016

In 2012, Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group created the Community and Seldom Heard Grants scheme to help local community groups engage in local NHS decision-making. In 2014, Safe Ground received a grant to inform and influence local health services. Safe Ground, along with Alumni member Gus, attended the Thinking Partners group and spoke with GP commissioners about the […] … more »

The Health of Prison Staff

12 Jan 2016 in

CCJS has revealed that recent studies indicate that prison officers are suffering high levels of physical and emotional stress. On 1st March 2016, CCJS are hosting an event exploring the origins of high levels of stress and low levels of well-being experienced by staff working within the prison service. Safe Ground’s Executive Director, Charlie Weinberg, will be presenting at the event.

For further information and how to book a place, please click here.

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Helping the Charity Sector to fight back

12 Jan 2016 in

This month, freelance charity project manager Cara Evans, has called for 2016 to be the year charities are celebrated and praised for the difference they make. Evans’ article in The Guardian urges charities to be “extra clever and resourceful” by making better use of social media and having the role of trustees and volunteers highlighted. To read the full article please click here.

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Can Prison Work?

23 Dec 2015

Each year the Prison Reform Trust run a writing competition open to anyone in prison in the UK. The 2015 competition consisted of three categories: Comment/Article – ‘Can Prison Work’ Short Story – ‘The Challenge’ Lyric/Rap – ‘Working it Out’  Below is an entry by Prisoner Ben which received accolades from The Guardian writer, Erwin […] … more »

Father Figures Presentation

15 Dec 2015 by Dan Branigan

On Wednesday 2nd December, an event celebrating the work undertaken on the Pilot Parenting Programme, Father Figures, at HMYOI Brinsford was held at Staffordshire University. Father Figures is a unique and progressive thinking parenting programme funded by National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Young Fathers are encouraged by an experienced facilitator to consider their relationships with […] … more »

200,000 Reasons To Care

27 Oct 2015 in

On October 20th 2015 the ‘200,000 Reasons To Care’ conference took place in Westminster where a group of charities showcased their work to support prisoners’ families, which improves outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, and also helps to reduce the risk of re-offending.

Prisons Minister Andrew Selous and a group of 8 charities called for society to show a more compassionate and enlightened attitude to the 200,000 children whose parents are imprisoned each year, and the many more who have brothers, sisters, and other family members in custody.

Justice Minister Andrew Selous said: “Effective rehabilitation reduces reoffending, cuts crime and makes our streets safer. We know that helping prisoners maintain relationships can play an important role in helping them make positive changes to their lives.

“That is why we have introduced practical ways of improving family links, including extended visits and family days. We have also created 70 resettlement prisons across England and Wales so offenders can be placed in prisons close to home, keep in touch with families and work towards their rehabilitation in the community.”

The charities included Nepacs, Pact, Clinks, StoryBook Dads, Barnardo’s, Spurgeons, Jigsaw and POPS (Partners of Prisoners).

They also called on the Government to develop a strategy to support the growing number of children and families affected by the imprisonment of family members, and argue that this could cut crime and save money in the short and longer term.

A report into the resettlement provisions for adult offenders by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation and Ofsted can be downloaded here.

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Creating New Narratives

26 Oct 2015 by Dan Branigan

Women’s Programme Development Coordinator, Kate McCoy, has recently written a guest blog post for the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice. The blog post focuses on Kate’s experience of consulting and running creative personal development sessions with women in prison at HMPs East Sutton Park, Holloway, Low Newton, Send and Styal. The post describes […] … more »

‘Home’ in Wandsworth

28 Sep 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

Following on from the Koestler Gold Award our poetry anthology ‘Home’ has now been reviewed in the prestigious PN Review by our colleague at the University of Essex, Dr. Chris McCully. Entitled ‘Home in Wandsworth’, it is a substantial 1,500 words in PNR 225, September – October 2015, Volume 46:1, that explores the theme of […] … more »

Family Matters

23 Sep 2015

Safe Ground has been featured in Issue 21 Autumn 2015 of the OCR magazine. The article charts the overview and statistical success of the Family Man and Fathers Inside programmes. Click on the images below to see the article in full. … more »

Prisoner Learning Alliance Conference

23 Sep 2015

The Prisoner Learning Alliance’s second Annual Conference took place at Leeds Beckett University on Friday 11th September. Four workshops took place on the theme of ‘engagement’. Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, presented on the day. The PLA also celebrated the hard work and achievements of education staff, officers and prisoner mentors by giving out […] … more »

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