HALOW (Birmingham)

Help & Advice Line for Offenders Wives, Partners and Families

November 13th, 2016

“You are among the nicest people I have ever known, both staff and volunteers. You will never be forgotten for the thoughtfulness you have shown”

November 13th, 2016

“You are all so kind and made me feel like a respected human being again and not just a prisoner’s wife. Believe me that was so comforting and humbling.”

June 3rd, 2016

The charity HALOW (Birmingham) operates a designated help and support line for the families and friends of prisoners at HMP Birmingham on 0121 598 8050

COVID-19: Latest update on prisons & visiting

Guidance is being regularly updated.  Please visit:

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons

The Minister of State for Prisons, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said in her Statement (13 March 2020):

“We understand that prisoners and their loved ones might be concerned about the situation. But we can assure them that we will continue to operate normal regimes, with the minimum disruption, for as long as we can. We urge any friend or family member not to come to a prison for a visit if they have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 – a fever or new, persistent cough. We are also looking into ways to keep prisoners in close contact with their families in all eventualities, and will share further information as and when necessary.”

AT PRESENT, VISITS ARE CONTINUING BUT WITH ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND VISITORS ARE KEPT AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

If you need more information:

HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Centre – Tel: 01902 791 426

HMP Birmingham Visitors’ Centre – Tel: 0121 598 8178

Or phone the National Prisoners’ Helpline (freephone): Tel 0808 808 2003 (freephone including most mobiles).  Open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday (closed on Bank Holidays).

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HALOW (Birmingham)

Our charitable aims are: A. to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among prison inmates, ex-offenders and the partners and dependants of prison inmates and ex-offenders in need of such relief. B. to advance public education by research into domestic issues relating to prison inmates, ex-offenders and their families and to disseminate the useful results of such research Who we are: • We are a charity organisation • We believe that every prisoner and his or her family should get the support they would like or need. • We provide an information, guidance and sign posting service • We listen to the needs of prisoners’ families • We keep visitors up to date with all prison rules and regulations • We hold regular surveys, forums and feedback to help shape and improve the charity. • We run family events such as Family Days, Children’s Days, Partners Days, Father Baby Bonding Sessions (FABBS), family interventions

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Really nice and friendly staff, approachable and understanding to peoples’ situation; always smiling

(HMP Birmingham Visitor 2018)

The FPC is run very well and they are great at giving advice. They are an asset to HMP Oakwood

(HMP Oakwood Visitor 2018)

Only been on two visits and both blonde ladies have been so helpful and I would be lost without this service. The staff are very approachable and I feel relaxed and can ask them anything, as I feel I won’t be judged

(HMP Oakwood Visitor 2018)

Staff are always polite and friendly, whilst remaining professional

(HMP Oakwood Visitor 2018)

The success of the charity is down to the dedication and hard work of all our staff teams.

(Vice Chair of HALOW (Birmingham))

The 'Family Pathway Centre' (visitors centre) was an exellent facility, run by the Help and Advice Line for Offenders' Wives (HALOW), who were available before and after visits to offer information, advice, and guidance and a signposting service to support agencies. There was a multi-faith room and children's play area, and refreshments were available. Access for visitors with disabilities was good.

(HMIP report on HMP Oakwood 2013)

The whole day was fantastic and the best part was that my husband could play and walk around with his daughter.

(HALOW (Birmingham))

HALOW Case Studies & News

A family from the travelling community has been attending Homework Club at HMP Oakwood FPC each Tuesday evening for 12 months; within the family are two boys aged 5 and 3. The elder boy would enter the centre initially quite boisterous, running in and out of the play area, around the tables where people eat, pushing his little brother around on a

A young mother was observed with two small children. The eldest (2 years old) was seen to be running around, letting himself out of the doors, taking toys from other children and not responding to his mothers requests. The Children’s Worker (CW) talked with the mother and found out the child had autism – she explained he struggled wit

Macmillian Cake and Coffee afternoons

The Staff and visitors at HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Centre rasied a total of £253 during our Macmillan cake and coffee afternoons, “thank you for your support to a good cause”. for more information visit Macmillan’s website: www.macmillan.org.uk

HMP Oakwood's Community Engagement

Over the last few weeks, the children have been creating their own tree decorations for the HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Christmas Tree. Once dressed, the FPC tree took part in a Christmas Tree Festival at a local church near to Stafford. Over 40 trees were exhibited in the church over the weekend of the 2nd to the 4th December 2016. The FPC tree was

Xmas Arts and Crafts

Over the past few weeks the children have been making and personalising their own stockings to display next to the Oakwood fire place in the Family Pathway Centre, create a warm relaxing display.

Oakwood Supporting Children who Visit

One of our prisoners has a family of 4 children, two girls and two boys. The oldest boy who is 7 years old suffers from severe Autism. Before we took up our posts as children’s workers his mother told us that he would become quite anxious waiting to be called through for the visit. He would listen for his group to be called and would get anxious wa

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