the voluntary sector in prisons

In this guest blog Marie Waterman, the Voluntary Sector Co-ordinator at HMP Guys Marsh, highlights the benefit to the prison of her role in bringing voluntary services together and supporting their day to day work.

She discusses Clinks' Good Prison project which works across three prisons in the South West: HMPs Dartmoor, Exeter and Guys Marsh. She highlights five key ways prisons can benefit from having a voluntary sector co-ordinator, including capturing the voices of those within the prison, and enabling a dialogue between the sector and prison.

"Despite the challenges that prisons and voluntary organisations currently face, HMP Guys Marsh is progressing with their strategy to develop stronger links with the voluntary sector and the local community. They are looking to the sector to support their aims and support prisoners to improve their lives. I am lucky to be working in the prison at a time where innovation is welcomed and new initiatives are being implemented. It compliments how the sector operates, survives and delivers, due to its innovation and flexibility. Since HMP Guys Marsh took up this opportunity in September 2016, it has led to true partnership approaches to resettlement......"

Read the full blog here