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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.

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.

Invisible Walls

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

Top Tips for Families

Information on supporting a child with a parent in prison

Family Days

Read about our family day activities

''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.

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

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

Support for families

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

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Invisible Walls

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

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StoryBook Dads

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

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Family days

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

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Top Tips for Families

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

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Further Information

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

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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