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

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

(Vice Chair of HALOW (Birmingham))

To all of you, thank you so much for your help and support and general kindness throughout this hard time. You are doing a wonderful job. Love and thanks.

(Visitor)

For me personally the Birmingham visitors’ centre staff have gone over and beyond for my family. Thank you so very much

(HMP Birmingham Visitor)

The staff are all funny and make it easier when visiting, the kids love it!

(HMP Birmingham Visitor)

They provide a fantastic service and it makes visiting a lot more pleasurable. They treat you like a human being and are always very friendly and supportive, no matter how busy they are

(HMP Featherstone Visitor)

I just feel the professionalism of all the staff is second to none

(HMP Featherstone Visitor)

Would like to say that on our first visit the gentleman that spoke to us to explain the process made us feel at ease and was extremely considerate and very helpful and has been on every visit – thank you

(HMYOI Brinsford Visitor)

HALOW Case Studies & News

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 Featherstone Childrens Work over Christmas

Over the Christmas period the children have been making and personalising their own Christmas arts and crafts to in the visitors’ Centre in HMP Featherstone, we also had the opportunity for Father Christmas to visit during the Christmas week for all the children to meet and be given a gift. This was well received by the visitors and the child

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.

HMP Featherstone QAVS Ceremony

HMP Featherstone QAVS Presentation Ceremony On 29 September 2014, the Lord-Lieutenant visited HMP Featherstone Visitors Centre to present volunteers with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. The Help & Advice Line for Offender’s Wives, Partners and Families (known as HALOW (Birmingham) for short) started life in the mid 1980’s in

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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