Our Trustees

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

Jane Bailey


Jane is a former Further Education College Head of Department specialising in training and vocational guidance for unemployed adults. She has 20+ years experience in the voluntary sector. Her experience includes working as Funding Unit Manager at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council and as Development Manager with two large community regeneration charities. Over the past 10 years she has worked with many local charities as a self-employed funding development advisor and with national organizations as a grants assessor. She joined the Trustee Board of HALOW (Birmingham) some 15 years ago, and is currently Chair. She is also a Board member of 2 Christian charities and a Management Committee member of Solihull Faiths Forum and Birmingham Council of Faiths.

Bridget Cameron BEM

Vice Chair Board of Directors

Bridget’s career was in senior educational management with Solihull Metropolitan Council where she led on Special Needs assessment including training, child protection and tribunal work. Bridget has over 20 years experience in voluntary sector leadership, both with HALOW (Birmingham) as Vice Chair and with St Martin’s Youth & Community Centre where she is currently Acting Chair. Since retirement from her public sector career, Bridget has continued to work in a voluntary capacity in the community to support disadvantaged children and prisoners’ families. As HALOW (Birmingham) Vice-Chair, Bridget is HR Lead, with oversight of 50+ staff and is the Nominated Safeguarding Officer for the charity. Her service was recognized in the Queens New Year Honours List 2016 where she was awarded the British Empire Medal.

Veronica Palgrave


Veronica is a former Manager of a Youth Hostel in Birmingham where she worked for many years before retirement. She is a Founder of Prison Link Ministry; visiting prisons and conducting Bible Studies. Her experience also includes Director and Loans Officer for a Credit Union and involvement in missionary work in Africa and India. Additionally, Veronica is a former Co-Chair of Aston Churches Working Together and National Director of Women’s work in England & Wales and organizer of Youth Camps for a national church.

Nirdesh Sandhu


Nirdesh is a member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a MSc in Public Service Management. Nirdesh joined HALOW (Birmingham) in 2015 with over 30 years experience in finance, management, consultancy and lecturing. She is a former Finance and Administration Manager’ at Birmingham City Council, with over 20 years experience in local authority. Her experience includes working with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in an advisory capacity, and as an Independent Examiner of charities accounts. Other experience includes lecturing AAT and Sage Accounts, and advising new businesses. Voluntary sector experience includes working with Shared Parenting and as the Treasurer for an Art’s Charity.

John Marshall


John is a retired Christian Minister with well over thirty years experience in pastoral work. Over twenty of those years he worked as a prison Chaplain in Her Majesty's Prison Service. Much of his work was to help prisoners and also their families to come to terms with their situation. He has a wide range of experience in helping families in all manner of problems.

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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