Oakwood has simply recorded its 100th Storybook Dads/ DVD Letter in a brand new scheme which has been happening throughout the lockdown. The scheme, which usually runs for dads to learn books to their kids, has been prolonged to just accept those that might wish to ship a message to mums and different relations.
As soon as a household has taken half, they’re then allowed to ship in their very own DVD Letter with the assistance of Sharon Berry and her Storybook Dads Workforce. The five-minute Household Letter is filmed on the household’s telephone and downloaded via a web-based platform to Storybook Dads, put onto DVD and despatched to the jail.
The suggestions has been improbable – ‘I used to be feeling so down not seeing my household, however this has actually put me on a excessive’. ‘I’ve watched it 9 occasions as we speak’, stated one other. ‘It’s completely pleasant’ says Sandy Watson, the Visits and Household Intervention Supervisor, ‘Very coronary heart warming and reassuring for the fellows to see their household completely satisfied and properly at house.’
Sharon Berry, CEO of Storybook Dads says: “We’re actually happy to be working with Sandy and her staff to offer this new scheme at Oakwood . It’s a lifeline for households throughout these tough occasions.”
New lodging block
Plans have been submitted to the native council for a brand new 46-bedroom jail block at Kirkham. The Jail Service says Kirkham must be enhanced and the brand new block might be a step in the direction of that enhancement. Their planning utility says: “The proposed improvement at HMP Kirkham is to help a wider Jail Property initiative to offer a lot of appropriately designed impartial dwelling locations, this improvement will embody two rooms for these with low mobility points. On completion, it is going to present a normalising surroundings, in preparation for these people close to to launch.”
Over 150 males engaged with in-cell studying and competitions had been organized with Weston Faculty, who present schooling at Bristol, in seven totally different topics from Artistic Writing to Maths, and even designing a barber store. Competitors winners obtained canteen bonuses.
The charity NEPACS helps the boys and their kids to communicate and reconnect via the magic of storytelling. They’ve offered copies of fashionable kids’s story books to the boys in order that they’ll learn them to their kids over the telephone. Image Credit score: Nepacs
Highs and Lows of bench making
Earlier than the lockdown, the boys at Warren Hill had been fortunate sufficient to complete a undertaking making potting benches for local people group ‘The Patch’. The factor in regards to the benches is that they’re all totally different sizes so that folks with totally different wants can use them. ‘The Patch’ is a small holding the place local people teams can take pleasure in gardening and rising issues impartial of their age or disabilities.
Prisons Ombudsman on E-mail a Prisoner
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s complaints investigators have been trialling using E-mail a Prisoner to reply to complaints from individuals in jail the place acceptable. Nevertheless, they’re fastidiously contemplating which written communications will be despatched through electronic mail, aware of the necessity for confidentiality.
Following a request from jail industries, the workers and residents at New Corridor set about stitching scrubs for the NHS (above). A contest was additionally run for the ladies to design a poster to enter the packing containers of scrubs.
Regardless of the lockdown, in some prisons the work needed to proceed. In Sudbury the backyard groups haven’t been idle as a few of their contemporary homegrown produce is used within the jail kitchens (above).
There are not any idle palms at Downview as the women have been beavering away of their London Faculty of Trend workshop turning out 50 accepted grade scrubs per week for the NHS and facemasks for workers. However that didn’t cease the women who took half within the weekly artwork competitors actually going to city when the theme was ‘Animal Kingdom’. (above)
Distraction packs despatched to prisoners
College students on the College of Sussex have despatched out particular distraction packs for prisoners at 25 prisons after studying how tough it’s for prisoners throughout the prolonged lockdown. Criminology lecturer Laura Polley stated: “As an ex-prison officer myself, I recognised the pressure my former colleagues had been underneath. When discussing this with college students, I framed it as: ‘Image being on lockdown in your lavatory. Substitute the bathtub with a mattress; consuming, sleeping and spending 23 hours a day in there. Then add one other totally grown individual. My college students understandably empathised with prisoners, and I gave them some concepts for the way we may assist to alleviate among the pressure on prisons, utilizing paper-based actions corresponding to origami.”
Acknowledgement: Ipswich Star
The jail ran a clothes and bedding assortment the place workers and prisoners donated undesirable objects to assist an area homeless help charity ‘Sharewear Notts’ a clothes scheme which tries to remodel lives via free clothes, sneakers and bedding for individuals in disaster in Nottinghamshire (above).
No further time for Covid absconder
A person who walked out of Kirkham open jail as a result of he stated they had been on lockdown and he was afraid of catching COVID-19, has been returned to a closed jail. The person, nearing the tip of an extended sentence, was instructed by a choose that ‘due to the very uncommon circumstances’ he wouldn’t have any further time added to his sentence. Nevertheless, the choose added that he “may have determined to climate the storm” like many others.
Brixton invited its males to participate in an in-cell structure problem, to go the time throughout lockdown, utilizing solely objects that had been handy. One resourceful man constructed his personal racing automotive out of spaghetti and marshmallows (above).
Customer centre growth
Liverpool Council has obtained an utility to construct an extension to the guests’ centre at Altcourse. The jail additionally hopes to incorporate a video convention centre. Altcourse is managed by G4S and was the primary jail to be constructed utilizing a Non-public Finance Initiative Contract whereby cash is borrowed at excessive rates of interest to construct public facilities.
Jail Council at Featherstone
Not letting something get in the way in which of celebrating 12 months of the Jail Council, the boys at Featherstone have been helped to stay knowledgeable by the persevering with Council.
Child stillborn at Styal
An investigation has been launched after a prisoner gave beginning to a stillborn child inside HMP Styal. The Guardian reported that the girl, and the jail, had been unaware she was pregnant till she went into labour. She had complained of abdomen pains over a number of days and been handled with paracetamol. When it grew to become clear she was about to offer beginning she was assisted by jail and healthcare workers, however the child didn’t survive. A Ministry of Justice spokesman stated: “Our ideas are with the girl who endured this tragic ordeal. She is being totally supported by jail and healthcare workers throughout this tough time.” The incident final month follows a case final September when a prisoner who was recognized to be pregnant had a stillborn child inside HMP Bronzefield. Inquiries are persevering with into why she was not taken to hospital.
To assist the ladies in Low Newton deal with the prolonged lockdown, the jail has launched a cellular library service. The residents who can’t now go to the library can select their books from their cells.
An thrilling new undertaking which sees younger offenders and rescue canine rehabilitate one another in Stoke-on-Trent has began. The Restart Canine Challenge, the primary of its variety within the UK, has simply launched and is presently educating the younger individuals of HMYOI Werrington the abilities to rehabilitate rescue canine who’re liable to being euthanised, or who’re in very susceptible positions.
The undertaking, led by Leek based mostly coach and behaviourist Rachel Trafford, will train the boys how one can give the canine the abilities wanted to perform in a human world which can enhance the canine’ possibilities of discovering an adoptive house. The boys might be coaching the canine with various behaviours and reinforcing the specified behaviours that the canine carry out. The canine might be underneath the care of Moorlands Canine Rescue till they graduate from the programme and discover their ceaselessly house.
Prisoners jog to New York
Impressed by the fundraising efforts of Captain Tom Moore, now Colonel Sir Tom Moore, the workers and males at Kirklevington Grange got down to stroll, jog and run laps of the jail subject to boost funds for NHS charities. They purpose to cowl 6,704 miles (the gap to New York). Kirklevington governor Rebecca Newby stated: “We’re glad to do our bit to assist sort out coronavirus and present our appreciation to the NHS workers working continuous to maintain us protected. The boys right here got here up with the tag line for the problem of ‘going the gap to make a distinction’. That’s precisely what they’re making an attempt to do. They need to all be counseled for the way in which they’ve coped throughout this time. Like all of us, they’ve accepted that they’re a part of a nationwide effort to sort out the virus, and have supported the jail to ship one of the best it will probably for them within the circumstances.”
Serving to staff get on their bikes
No idleness for the fellows at Swinfen Corridor. Working in partnership with Lichfield Re:Cycle, two residents have been refurbishing previous bicycles that are then given on long-term mortgage to key staff (above). James Flintham, from Lichfield Re:Cycle, stated: “It’s actually good to work with the younger males at Swinfen in such a constructive manner, utilising the abilities they’ve discovered of their workshop fixing bikes … On behalf of all of the trustees of our charity, we wish to thank the younger males and the workers for making this occur.”
Kate, Head of Offender Administration Supply/Senior Probation Officer at Swinfen Corridor, tells Inside Time: “The entire thing happened after I noticed that Lichfield Re:Cycle had been promoting through twitter for volunteers to ‘do up’ bikes that might then be loaned/given to key staff throughout the Covid disaster. I approached them through twitter to supply our providers. We’ve got a motorcycle workshop in Swinfen Corridor that does such a work for different charities. So, I requested permission from the Governor and the industries supervisor. They agreed so I organized for 2 bikes to be dropped off on the jail. Two weeks later they had been prepared. Ship form! The charity collected the bikes and had been thrilled. They’ve since been given to 2 key staff (one being a nurse) within the native space. Two younger males from Swinfen Corridor labored actually laborious on these bikes. It takes an enormous quantity of resilience and ability to do that. They had been separated (social distancing) within the workshop and took it in turns to work on every bike. The suggestions from the charity has been sensible. We had been very happy to assist, and we didn’t cost the charity for any of the components or labour. I instructed the younger males in regards to the suggestions from the charity and that the bikes had gone to key staff. They had been rightly over the moon.”
Acknowledgement: Lichfield Dwell
Edinburgh’s name for cats
Prisoners at Edinburgh are asking for the reintroduction of jail cats to cope with a severe infestation of mice. Mice are a significant issue on the jail and the boys there say they usually block the hole underneath their doorways with towels to attempt to preserve the ‘wee beasties’ out. Though pest management officers have been employed they’ve didn’t carry on prime of the issue. Previously, many prisons had cats on the workers, who wandered round coping with the mouse scenario. The Scottish Jail Service say they don’t have any plans to recruit cats onto the workers.
Man sentenced by iPhone
A choose has sentenced a person to jail utilizing the Skype App on his iPhone. It isbelieved to be the primary time this has occurred. The choose, Nicholas Barker, began the video listening to on his laptop computer however when he had issues with that he turned to his cell phone. The sentencing was achieved remotely because of the continued COVID-19 disaster.
Sew up at accepted premises
It isn’t solely in prisons that persons are beavering away making PPE. Employees and residents at Authorised Premises in north-west England have been stitching away making face coverings utilizing stitching machines donated by Nice British Stitching Bee choose and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant (above).
Youth justice specialists
Werrington, which holds kids between 15 and 17, is to be a part of a degree-level coaching scheme that’s designed to create a community of youth justice specialists. It’s a part of a £4.9million authorities initiative to attempt to get to the foundation of the youngsters’s felony behaviour. The coaching will embody baby developmental psychology and take a look at how upbringing can have an effect on their lives. Thus far 32 Werrington workers have accomplished the course, with one other 46 working in the direction of it. In complete, 113 will take the inspiration diploma, which is delivered by Unitas and accredited by the College of Suffolk. The jail governor, Sonia Brooks, commented: “Kids are very totally different from adults. They’re nonetheless creating, and so they have totally different wants.”
A doll (above), held up for a prisoner to see, precipitated alarms to sound throughout a video go to as a result of the tools thought the doll was an individual and never on the authorised go to listing. Recognized to shut family and friends as ‘Dolly’ she was not obtainable for remark.
File medication haul
Within the largest jail smuggling bust ever, a jail nurse has been accused of being a part of a gang of no less than eleven individuals making an attempt to smuggle medication with a avenue worth of over £500,000 into Lindholme. The investigation, Operation Canyon, began final summer time when Lindholme workers grew to become conscious of extra Spice customers needing medical consideration. After a tip-off a jail nurse was stopped and searched and was discovered to be making an attempt to smuggle the Class A/B/C medication with the report worth. South Yorkshire Police say that their enquiries “uncovered a classy community of conspirators from inside the jail and their households.”
A bunch of males and their PE officer determined to boost extra funds for Ty Hafan, a charity which offers consolation, care and help to kids with life-limiting circumstances and their households in Wales. They knew the youngsters and their households can be struggling throughout their very own lockdown so competed in a gruelling gymnasium circuit on their wing and raised £155 which was matched by G4S.