Help and Advice

Action for Families Enduring Criminal Trauma (AFFECT)

Action for Prisoners' Families - The voice of organisations supporting the families of prisoners.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) - Helping those released from prison to settle into their community.

The Counselling Directory - The Counselling Directory was set up to connect visitors with a wealth of information and the ability to search for the most suitable counsellor or psychotherapist.

Families / Friends of Prisoners Service (FFOPS) - Support, Help & Advice for the Families and Friends of Prisoners. 101 Mansel Street, Swansea, SA1 5UE. Telephone 01792 458645. Email:

Inside Information - A vital source of useful information

Inside Time - The National monthly newspaper for prisoners

London Housing Project - A social enterprise organisation aiming to meet the social needs of people at risk of homelessness and in need of support.

New Bridge Foundation - New Bridge was founded in 1956 to create links between the offender and the community. The intention is not to forget the victims of crime but to prevent more people becoming victims.

PACT - The Prison Advice and Care Trust (pact) provides practical services for prisoners and their families at a number of prisons across the South of England and Wales. They run visitors' centers just outside prison gates, children's play areas inside prisons, 'first night in custody' services for new prisoners, and much more besides.

Prison Chat UK - An online community giving support to those who have a loved one inside the British prison system.

Prison Education Trust (PET) - Since 1990, Prisoners Education Trust has been providing learning opportunities for offenders in custody to broaden their horizons and to focus on a more positive life on release, whenever that may come.

Prisoners' Families and Friends Service - offers advice, information, support and friendship to families and close relatives affected by imprisonment. They provide a helpline, advice and support in courts throughout London, a family centre and a befriending service. Their services are free and confidential.

Prisoners' Family Helpline - A free and confidential service for anyone who is affected by the imprisonment of a close family member or friend. The Helpline is a consortium of 3 organisations and co-ordinated by Action for Prisoners Families.

Prisoners' Penfriends - Making it possible for carefully selected volunteers to write safely to prisoners.

St. Giles Trust - Works with offenders and other disadvantaged people to help them resettle through a range of projects which assist with housing, employment, education and training. It works directly in 20 prisons offering a peer prisoner support service and works with prisoners up to, on the day of and immediately after release to ensure that housing and appropriate support is in place during this time.

String of Pearls - A group of people, some of whom have or have had a close relative in prison, who works closely with the Prison Advice & Care Trust to produce training materials and deliver training to raise awareness of what prisoners families experience and their support needs.

Storybook Dads - helps to maintain family ties by producing personalised story CDs. The story, read by an imprisoned mum or dad (or brother, auntie, grandad etc) is recorded and then edited and enhanced on a computer before being sent to the children. The scheme is currently operating in approx 70 prisons, and growing.

Unlock - The National Association of Reformed Offenders.