Central Staff

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

Louise Spink

Finance Manager (P/T, self-employed)

Louise has held the positions of Senior Finance Manager, Director and Company Secretary within private industry, charities and non-profit making organizations. She has a wealth of experience within finance. She became self-employed in 2012 working with companies in London and the West Midlands and has been with HALOW for over 12 months.

Debbie Johnson

Administrator (P/T, self-employed)

Debbie has been self employed for over 20 years providing secretarial services to a wide range of professional clients in different fields. Previous experience include an office manager in a Building Surveyors practice and before that a senior secretary in an Architects practice. Since becoming self employed Debbie has worked for HALOW (Birmingham) for over 12 years providing all administrative support including HR and payroll, reporting to the Board of Directors. Other clients include contractors, solicitors, publishing, quantity surveyors, private dental practice, students and national organisations such as NSPCC and English Heritage. Software packages used include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sage and publishing software.

Judith Crabb

Funding Manager (P/T, self-employed)

Judy started her career as a local Authority Principle Planning Officer before making the move to the voluntary sector. She progressed to Business Development Manager with the WRVS over 15 years and was involved in setting up services run in prisons by the WRVS. After 8 years as Chief Executive of the Federation of Stadium Communities she moved into self-employment as a funding consultant in 2013. Judy has a wealth of experience in funding development, evaluation and monitoring. She is active in the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, serving as Vice Chair of Shropshire CPRE.

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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