Staff and volunteers make regular visits to prisoners in their cells, providing a listening ear to help ease the loneliness, fear and despair that arises from being in prison.
Regular visits are made in: Maghaberry the high security prison housing adult men; Magilligan a medium security facility housing adult men and offering low security accommodation for selected prisoners nearing the end of their sentence, and Hydebank Wood College Complex which houses (a) young people between the ages 18 – 21 and (b) Ash House for female remand and sentenced prisoners.
In the past year, 5,616 visits were conducted to 1,871 individuals with 2,417 visits to 806 men in Maghaberry, 2,524 visits to 841 men in Magilligan, 325 visits to 108 young people in Hydebank Wood College and 350 visits to 116 women in Ash House.
We are able to run a monthly coffee morning in Ash House where 96 women attended during the past year. This level of engagement represents 76% of the women held in this accommodation.