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 […]


Cross Party Group

Expressions of Interest. Following the start of the new Parliamentary session the Cross Party Group on Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment will be reconvened by Mary Fee MSP. If you wish to attend, please can you note your interest with Rebecca Joyce    


Year of the Dad at Greenock!

To celebrate ‘Year of the Dad’, HMP Greenock is having an events week (25-31 July). Working in partnership with prisoner parents (male & female), prison education designed and developed poster for parents and their children with the theme ‘I love my Mum/ Dad because…’ and ‘I love being a mum/dad because…’, for parents and their […]


25 Years of Families Outside

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people affected by imprisonment.  In 2016 we celebrated 25 years of providing this vital service.  Click on the image below to listen to a few of the voices of those who have worked with and been supported by […]


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