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My mum was released from prison, we weren't prepared

My mum was released from prison, we weren’t prepared

My Mum was released from prison just before Christmas 2016. She managed to keep her own house, and therefore a few days before she was released we tidied up, cleaned, made sure she had a little bit of shopping in, like the essentials: bread, milk etc. Also I contacted her doctor for advice and found […]

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Prisoners Week – The Hope Within 2017

Prisoners Week – The Hope Within 2017

Prisoners’ Week is a churches’ initiative that aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the work in Scotland to support prisoners and their families. This year, the theme has been Hope Within and throughout the week the National Prison Visitors Centre Steering Group has encouraged family members and friends who visit people in prison to […]

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Families Outside – supporting families affected by imprisonment

Families Outside – supporting families affected by imprisonment

When an individual is arrested, found guilty and sent to prison society breathes a sigh of relief – the perpetrator is being punished and the people are being protected. But what about the families that are being left behind? The parents, partners, siblings and, perhaps most importantly, the 27,000 children in Scotland who have a […]

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The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

As a relatively inexperienced primary teacher, I recall the behaviour of a boy in my class changing. Periods of withdrawal would be interspersed with outbursts. It was clear something had changed, something was wrong. On discussing with a senior colleague, I learnt that his brother had recently been sent to prison. Looking back, I know […]

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Who Are 'These Families'?

Who Are ‘These Families’?

“Concerned about the kinds of people who will be visiting prison, hanging around shops, close to the school, travelling on same bus service, if it cannot be 100% assured this would not put people who live in Milton of Leys area at risk then the prison should not be built.” “The increase in traffic and […]

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Waitrose - Community Matters

Waitrose – Community Matters

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes chosen by the public. At the checkout, customers receive a token and are asked to place this in the box of the good cause they would most like to support.  The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.  At […]

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HMP Dumfries Family Day

HMP Dumfries Family Day

The recent good weather has reminded us here at Families Outside of a Family Day held on 18 May outdoors at HMP Dumfries when the weather was more macs and wellies than shorts and t-shirts.  Regardless of this slight setback, Dumfries swam on through what turned out to be a fabulous and enjoyable family day […]

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HMP Addiewell Family Fun Day

HMP Addiewell Family Fun Day

On Saturday 13th July HMP Addiewell had a Family Fun Day for prisoners and families, many of whom attend the prison’s “Family Bonding Visits”.  The day could not have been more perfect; the sun was shining, the skies were bright blue and for this day, all was right with the world.  The event was expertly […]

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Embracing Technology on the Inside

Embracing Technology on the Inside

“I wish I could call my dad whenever I have something I want to tell him; instead, I have to wait ‘til he calls me, and that’s really hard.” Sally’s dad is in prison, and she expressed these thoughts about contact with her father during a session with her Person Shaped Support (PSS) worker.  PSS […]

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The Hardest of Journeys

The Hardest of Journeys

I took a call on the Families Outside Helpline last week from a man planning to visit his newly sentenced fiancée in prison to tell her that her mother had died that morning. Understandably, he wanted to tell her face to face that same day and, having managed to make the necessary arrangements with the […]

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Sarah Roberts Blog - Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship

Sarah Roberts Blog – Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship

Guidance teacher Sarah Roberts is currently undertaking a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in Australia and America looking at the role of schools in supported families affected by imprisonment. On her return, Sarah will write a report for Families Outside with recommendations for the development of practice in Scotland. Here is some excerpt from Sarah’s blog: Shining […]

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