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Case Studies & News

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

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

Oakwood Family Support

An initial telephone conversation highlighted the need for better communication between prison staff and external organisations that have contact with prisoner’s families, such as Education, Healthcare and Employment etc. The prisoner (male aged 31 years) has a son (aged 8 years) who was experiencing several issues coping with the loss of his fathe

Case Studies
September 2016

Mr D is a 56 year old grandfather. He is visited regularly by his partner, daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren aged 5 & 3. The 2 girls were extremely shy at visit times but with our help overtime have become more confident. Our playworker has worked with mum and granddad to encourage the girls to come over to the play area within the visi

More Birmingham
Case Studies

Mrs a and miss b brother was convicted and sentenced last week. They were shocked and horrified to learn the details of his crimes and couldn’t reconcile the man that they had grown up with and the monster portrayed in court. There was no doubt as to his guilt and no denial on his part. They were heartbroken to be thrown into this new world of pris

Enabling Families Project

HMP OAKWOOD FAMILY PATHWAY CENTRE ENABLING FAMILIES PROJECT Our ‘Enabling Families’ workshop programme based at HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Centre aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ families, particularly children. Over 12 months September 2014- August 2015 we successfully engaged with 558 staff

Birmingham Family
Case Study

A mother and father entered the Visitors’ Centre on an afternoon enquiring about their son who had recently come into the prison. They had telephoned the booking line the day before but were unsuccessful in booking a visit as their son had not filled in the necessary paperwork with their names, addresses, dates of birth and relationship to him to b

Birmingham
Case Studies November

Mr D. has 3 young boys under the age of 5 The boys are very boisterous and at times their behaviour is a challenge for their mother. At visiting times I strived to occupy them with various activities to ensure mum and dad had some time to discuss matters without constant interruptions and demands of their children. The 2 older children appear to be

Family Support
Case Studies

Ms S travelled from Swansea with her eight year old daughter. They set off at 4am as their visit was early on a Saturday morning. They were both tired and upset when they arrived at the Visitor Centre. Ms S didn’t bring enough ID to be able to go on her visit and became quite abusive when she was turned away. I looked at the ID she had presented an