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Winchester Prison Family Support Services

At HMP/YOI Winchester Spurgeons runs family days, parenting courses for Fathers and provides special children's activities during visits. We also run our award-winning Invisible Walls Family Support service at HMP Winchester. Spurgeons staff (based in the Visitors Centre) and our partner organisations will be on hand before, during and after your visit to offer advice and support.

Invisible Walls

Read about our award-winning Invisible Walls service at HMP Winchester

Help for families

An animated guide on supporting a child with a parent in prison

The Art of Being a Dad

This online multimedia exhibition features creative work produced by fathers in the prisons we work in. It includes moving stories and poetry from the dads explaining what it’s like to be in prison and away from their families, and what their children mean to them.

Hidden Sentence Training

Hidden Sentence is a short course for professionals who work with families, giving them an overview of the issues facing prisoners' families who are affected by the criminal justice system and a range of strategies and resources to help support them.

''Helped me understand what my children may go through and what I can do to help them through it'' - Resident, HMP Winchester

''We love spending time with our dad'' - children at family day

''They offer you help and are very supportive'' - visitor, HMP Winchester

The Golden Thread Video Diary Project

The Golden Thread is a new video diary service available for families with a father in custody at HMP Winchester.

Whilst social visits are restricted and Family Days are cancelled The Golden Thread video diary project provides an opportunity for fathers in prison and their children to communicate positively by sharing personal achievements and milestones.

Contact details

Our Spurgeons colleagues would be happy to answer any questions you may have, you can get in touch with us through the following options:

Spurgeons, HM YOI Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DF.

01962 723000

Getting here

By bus: The No. 5 bus runs past the prison from the centre of town, past the train station. The nearest stop is outside the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. The service runs every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday. 

By train: The closest train station is Winchester, with regular rail links to London and Southampton. From the station take the number 5 bus (see above). You can also walk from the station, the walk takes approx. 15 to 20 minutes and is uphill.

By car: By car you will need to use the Winchester City Park and Ride. To reach this, travelling from the North, leave the M3 at Junction 10 for Park and Ride East, or continue to Junction 11 for Park and Ride South. 

From the South, leave the M3 at Junction 11. Park and Ride buses run every 15 minutes.

Parking

Parking on site is only available for Blue Badge holders. All other visitors are advised to use Winchester City Park and Ride facilities.

Disabled access

The visitors centre is wheelchair accessible.

Visitors leaflet

Download a printable copy of our visitors information leaflet for Winchester Prison Family Services.

Inside HMP Winchester

Download this booklet for your children to show and explain different places in the prison.

Inside HMP Winchester-Westhill

Download this booklet for your children to show and explain different places in the prison.

Safer Custody Team

If you are concerned about someone in HMP/YOI Winchester you can contact the Safer Custody Team on the number below.

01962 723320

PrisonSupportAnimation

Are you supporting a child with a parent in prison?

 

Supporting a child with a parent in prison, might be something you never thought you would have to do. The situation may be complicated and you may be navigating the criminal justice system for the first time.

But when a child's parent goes to prison, it's important to talk to the child about what's happening. They might be confused, sense something is happening, or they might even have already found out some other way.

At Spurgeons we have worked with prisoner's families for years and have drawn from this expertise to create a series of animations to help you have those necessary conversations to children in your care.

Support for families

Spurgeons delivers a variety of activities and programmes to support both fathers in prison and their families.

Tom Ambler, with Selena, Johnny and Tommy

Invisible Walls

Read about our award-winning Invisible Walls service at HMP Winchester

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The Art of Being a Dad

This online multimedia exhibition features creative work produced by fathers in the prisons we work in. It includes moving stories and poetry from the dads explaining what it’s like to be in prison and away from their families, and what their children mean to them.

Tom Ambler, with Selena, Johnny and Tommy

Family days

Our family days are a way for children to connect with their parent in prison

Reading

StoryBook Dads

Hear about how the StoryBook Dad programme works with fathers in prison

Family drawing

Top Tips for Families

Read our guide to supporting a child with a parent in prison

Sonny Maughan with Lavant and Arabella

Further Information

Support services and useful links for families affected by imprisonment

A view of a prison yard from behind bars

Hidden Sentence Training

Because families serve sentences too

At Spurgeons, we know that prisoners' families serve their own hidden sentences when a family member is sent to prison. It can be hard to find support for a variety of reasons.

It can impact families' financial, practical and emotional well-being, negatively influencing their contact and relationships during and after imprisonment.

Hidden Sentence is a short course for professionals who work with families, giving them an overview of the issues facing prisoners' families who are affected by the criminal justice system and a range of strategies and resources to help support them.

Offering a Helping Hand

Offering a Helping Hand is a new booklet, which addresses the impact of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) and other indeterminate sentences on prisoners and their families.

The booklet is a joint publication by Spurgeons and Southampton Law School and draws on collaborative work and families of those serving IPP sentences carried out by Associate Professor at the Law School, Dr Harry Annison. It is also informed by insights provided by Spurgeons' Invisible Walls team at HMP Winchester.

Volunteering

Volunteering at a Spurgeons Prison-Based Family Support services can be a great way to support prisoners and families affected by imprisonment as well as the local community.

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