Send Family Link (who have now joined forces with Prison Advice & Care Trust) provides services and support for families visiting women in custody at the prison, with a particular focus on children with a mother in prison. Staff and volunteers based in the Visitors’ Centre, offer a warm welcome, information and emotional and practical support to people who are visiting a family member in custody. The charity provides play facilities for children and a tea bar service within the prison visits hall during normal social visits and, thanks to the support of Children in Need, runs 14 family days a year, most of which are specifically for children visiting their mothers to help prisoner parents bond with their children and partners.
This Christmas Family days ran over two days to allow a more informal atmosphere between children and their parents. Greenoak Community Focus sponsored Mr Tim’s Magic to entertain the children and their families over the two days with magic tricks and balloons for all the children.