Wearside families given voice in prison improvements

The families and friends of inmates are being given the chance to have their say on how improvements can be made in prisons.
The families and friends of inmates are being given the chance to have their say on how improvements can be made in prisons.
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FAMILIES and friends of prisoners in North East jails will be given the chance to have their say on how services can be better.

The Visitors’ Voice event will take place tomorrow.

It will be run by Nepacs, a long-standing charity in the region which supports a positive future for prisoners and their families, in partnership with the Pallion Action Group and Gentoo.

Helen Attewell, chief executive of Nepacs said: “We recognise that families of prisoners, and especially children, may become the hidden victims of crime when a relative is imprisoned.

“Our staff and volunteers provide friendship and support in our visitors’ centres, at court and are at the end of the phone if you need someone to talk to during this difficult time.

“The Visitors’ Voice event is a great opportunity for people who have a friend or relative in prison to get together and speak to others in a similar situation.

“So, if you have a loved one in prison in the north east please come along to our Visitors’ Voice event.

“We want to find out what you think about the help and support you are receiving, how we can make your visit experience better and how we can help you to prepare for the release of your loved one.

”We are holding this year’s event in Sunderland as we are particularly keen to encourage families and friends of prisoners from the Sunderland and Wearside area to attend the event.”

Nepacs run a number of services to support friends and families of prisoners, including, prison visitors’ centres and tea bars, play sessions for prisoners’ children and youth projects, integrated family support services, support within the Middlesbrough and Durham courts.

For more information about the event, which runs from 10am to 2pm at Pallion Action Group in East Moor Road, Sunderland, or to book a place please email egray@nepacs.co.uk or call 332 3810.

A free lunch and refreshments will be provided.