Prisoners Week

Remember me….. Prisoners Week, 20-27 November 2016 Prisoners Week is an initiative of the Churches that aims to stimulate discussion, highlight concerns and share hope, in prisons and communities across Scotland. It takes place in the third week of November. You are warmly invited to the ecumenical National Launch Service for Prisoners Week at 18.30 […]


My Diary

The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child. Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years. With our awareness of the difficulties these often marginalised […]


Picking Up The Pieces

A new resource from Families Outside for families of people convicted of a sexual offence. Families of prisoners almost always suffer from stigma, but no one more so than families of people convicted of a sexual offence.  The marked increase in the number of requests for help from families in this situation, and the lack of […]


Visitors’ Centre Coordination

Seems like such a long time ago, but we now have our National Prison Visitors’ Centre Coordinator in post.  Laura van der Hoeven joined the Families Outside team in April. There are significant benefits to the prisoner, the prisoner’s family, the prison and to wider society if prisoners can maintain positive family ties while serving […]


Year of the Dad Events

We are delighted to see so many Year of The Dad events going ahead at prisons across Scotland. These events highlight the positive impact fathers can have in their children’s lives, showing that being in prison does not have to stop you from being a good dad. Families Outside participated in events at HMP Addiewell alongside […]


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