When a family member goes to prison, the rest of the family are deeply affected. They often feel isolated in the community and are left to carry the burden of legal processes, family life, making important decisions regarding children as well as supporting their loved one in prison emotionally and financially. Many of them feel the shame of having a family member in prison and suffer intense loneliness.
PFNI family workers and volunteers work with families from varied backgrounds with diverse problems. Through regular home visits, the Hands Up food programme and support groups, we seek to provide friendship, encouragement and bring hope in these circumstances.