HMP Featherstone QAVS Ceremony

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 organisation HALOW operate a designated help and support line for the families and friends of prisoners at HMP Birmingham on 0121 598 8050

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 a small terraced house in Winson Green, Birmingham. The house was offered by the City Council impressed by the dedication of Marie Curtis and a team of volunteers whose aim was to help other prisoners’ wives and family members through the stresses and strains of serving ‘the second sentence’. The self help group grew and became a registered charity in 1990. At this time one member of staff and a team of volunteers were dealing with over 4,000 requests for help per year. Over the past 24 years HALOW (Birmingham) has grown to become a major provider of visitors’ centre services through agreements with six prison establishments across the West Midlands area. In 2003 the charity signed an agreement with The John Sandy Trust and HMP Featherstone to operate the visitors’ centre at HMP Featherstone (previously run by the WRVS).

The superb purpose built centre, excellent staff and team of dedicated volunteers all made this a smooth transition and they remain immensely grateful to the loyal team of volunteers that form an integral part of the service, particularly in offering a friendly smile, a ‘listening ear’ and the all important ‘cuppa’ from the tea bar. Last year alone, Featherstone Visitors’ Centre assisted over 24,000 visitors (including over 5,000 children); with such numbers the support of experienced volunteers is invaluable. Visitors often say that Featherstone Visitors’ Centre is ‘one of the best’. The Queen’s Award has given recognition that is richly deserved by the volunteer team.

Some of the volunteers are pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant at the Presentation Cermeony.

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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