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Case Studies November

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

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 benefit greatly from their time learning to sit and stay on task with the activities I provided.

Mr D. and family were accepted for a recent Family Day session. I and other staff felt that the extended visit time on Family Day had been very positive for all the family. During the day I was able to encourage dad to engage in several painting and craft activities teaching the boys to use materials correctly and spending quality time with each of them in turn. Mum also joined in gradually until they were all working together as a family unit.

Mr N has a 2 year old child who visits regularly on an evening visit.

A is a young girl who at first was quite apprehensive about the whole visits experience. She would stay close to her mum and seemed very reluctant to come into the play area to take part in activities I was providing. With time and reassurance she began to smile and come straight over on my arrival into the visits hall.

I was aware A found it quite difficult to share materials and toys with other children but with encouragement and verbal prompts from me she began to co-operate more during play and now shares things without hesitation.

I also worked on the positive interaction between A and her father. I encouraged her to take activities over to her dad to complete with him at his table. As time went on A began spending more quality time with her dad.

Both parents have thanked me for the time I have spent with their daughter.

Mr K is a young single man.

He is regularly visited by his sister Miss H who lives locally. She brings with her 2 children, Mr K’s niece and nephew. These children are incredibly disruptive and don’t have set boundaries on how to behave.

On visits their mother Miss H was constantly having to race around returning them to their allocated seating.

I have worked with them over the last few months setting boundaries while they are within the play area. They no longer attempt to bring drinks and food into the play area. There has also been a vast improvement in their appropriate behaviour around other children during activities.

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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