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.
Due to Covid-19 some services we usually provide have been suspended but we are finding safe ways to keep the communication going between dads and their families. Please contact the Spurgeons team for more information.
''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
Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
The Gov.uk website has put together some frequently asked questions and responses relating to friends and family of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak.
Covid-19 visits update
Social visits resumed in a reduced manner at HMP/YOI Winchester from Monday 27th July 2020. For more information read our Important information for visitors update.
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.
Our Spurgeons colleagues would be happy to answer any questions you may have, you can get in touch with us through the following options:
Parking on site is only available for Blue Badge holders. All other visitors are advised to use Winchester City Park and Ride facilities.
The visitors centre is wheelchair accessible.
Download a printable copy of our visitors information leaflet for Winchester Prison Family Services
Safer Custody Team
If you are concerned about someone in HMP/YOI Winchester you can contact the Safer Custody Team on the number below.
Support for families
Spurgeons delivers a variety of activities and programmes to support both fathers in prison and their families.
Read about our award-winning Invisible Walls service at HMP Winchester
Hear about how the StoryBook Dad programme works with fathers in prison
Our family days are a way for children to connect with their parent in prison
Top Tips for Families
Read our guide to supporting a child with a parent in prison
Support services and useful links for families affected by imprisonment
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 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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