Family & Friends of Prisoners

Family & Friends of Prisoners (FFOPS) is based in Swansea and runs the Family Centre attached to HMP Swansea. Its work involves meeting with families who are visiting their loved ones in prison, providing them with a range of emotional and practical support, and helping them to navigate the prison system. FFOPS provides valued support for individual families including where children are visiting a parent in prison. It also works with families in the community.

The Foundation agreed a two-year grant of £4,000 per annum at the October 2019 Trustee meeting. The funding will contribute towards the salary costs of the volunteer coordinator/outreach worker. Outcomes of the funding include assisting in rebuilding and maintaining family relationships, and working towards offenders re-integrating into the community on release, and therefore reducing the risk of re-offending.

Tillery Action for You

Tillery Action for You focuses on assisting disadvantaged people to overcome barriers to training and employment. It operates across the Blaenau Gwent area of South Wales. The organisation offers a range of training and transitional employment opportunities from its workshops in the Innovation Centre Ebbw Vale.

Tillery Action For You instigates and undertakes green space renovation projects in the local community, with participant volunteers learning new skills and gaining qualifications. 50-60 individuals benefit from working with Tillery Action For You each year with around half those involved having a criminal background or are at risk of offending.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a £5,000 contribution to Tillery Action For You at the June 2019 meeting of Trustees. This will assist with paying the rent of the Innovation Centre workshop unit. Outcomes of the work include an increase to skills, qualifications and confidence, and better opportunities for people to gain employment. Additional benefits for the local area include a number of community renovation projects – the biggest of which in 2019 was the renovation of the Aneurin Bevan stones which saw 22 people working on the project over a four month period.

Safer Living Foundation 

Safer Living Foundation was established with the primary aim to provide evidence-based interventions which support offenders with sexual convictions as they move from prison into the community.  It runs three projects – a Circles project providing support and accountability for people on release back into the community; the Aurora project which offers therapy and support to people at risk of offending; and the Apollo project which works with young people who may be showing harmful behaviours.  The Foundation is an award-winning organisation, recognised nationally for its innovative work with individuals convicted of sexual offences. Its overarching mission is to prevent further victims.

In June 2019, Allen Lane has awarded a £15,000 grant towards the salary of a Centre Manager at the new Corbett Centre for Prisoner Reintegration in Nottingham.  This new venture is the world’s first fully holistic approach to rehabilitating ex-offenders with sexual convictions.  It aims to reduce the risk of re-offending and support and empower people to live productive and meaningful safer lives.


Prison Fellowship Northern Ireland

This charity operates across all three of the prisons in Northern Ireland, through a range of services.  It operates a visiting regime, offering practical, mental health and emotional support to prisoners, and runs the Sycamore Tree restorative justice programme involving both prisoners and victims.  It also works with families of prisoners in the community, supporting them whilst the offender is in court, with transport to prisons, and help with donations of food and furniture to try to alleviate poverty.  It also helps prisoners on leaving prison at its centre in Belfast.

The Foundation has awarded Prison Fellowship a £5,000 grant at its February 2019 meeting.  The grant is for the charity’s work with women prisoners held at Hydebank Wood prison.  Anticipated outcomes of the work are that vulnerable women offenders will report feeling better supported, women on leaving prison will better re-integrate into family and community life, women will report improvements in self-esteem and mental health. Overall the aim is that fewer women will reoffend.



In2Out is a registered charity based at HMYOI Wetherby, West Yorkshire. It aims to reduce reoffending amongst children and young people leaving custody and returning to communities across the north of England. In2Out provides one-to-one mentoring to help young people with a whole range of practical issues such as with housing, money, substance abuse, health and relationships. It also supports access to education, training or employment, and helps them find a new positive community and circle of friends to move forward in their lives in a more meaningful and fulfilling way. Last year it supported 91 young people, and its work has consistently recorded a reoffending rate within 12 months of release of less than 25% (compared to the national average of this age group of 65%).

In February 2019, the Foundation has offered £5,000 as a contribution towards the salary of the Mentor Coordinator working in the communities across South Yorkshire and the Humber. It is anticipated that with additional hours per week, the numbers of young people able to benefiting from accessing their mentoring services will increase. The majority of those supported are aged between 15 and 21 years.

Margaret Carey Foundation

This organisation offers new skills and possible employment opportunities to prisoners within a number of prisons in the north of England.  It also runs projects in local communities for vulnerable people, and for specific groups.  The focus of the work is on renewing and repairing bikes or wheelchairs, which are then either sold in the MCF shop, to generate income for the charity, or donated to partner charities who distribute them to people in need, mainly in developing countries.

A general contribution of £6,000 was offered towards Margaret Carey Foundation’s work at the October 2018 meeting of Trustees.  This will help to maintain the prison-based projects, and provide help in the rehabilitation of offenders.  An average 115 men currently participate in prison workshops which help to build a sound work ethic, develop inter-personal skills and confidence, and give individuals a sense of ‘giving something back’ through helping others.

Imago Dei Prison Ministry

This charity aims to provide care and support to women in prison, and help to equip and empower them to address the reasons for their crime, and go on to lead different lives upon release.  It currently operates in three women’s prisons – in Kent, Surrey and London.  A programme called ‘Free to Be’ covers a variety of topics including parenting classes, victim awareness, understanding forgiveness, living with loss, and empowerment and confidence building.

The Foundation has offered funding of £5,000 towards Imago Dei Prison Ministry which will contribute towards running costs of programmes.  Last year 121 women attended the courses, and surveys with attendees showed very positive results.  In the coming year, it is anticipated around twice as many women will benefit.




Kent Refugee Help

This charity was initially established to provide support, advice and assistance to immigration detainees held at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.  Since that Centre’s closure in 2015, Kent Refugee Help’s focus moved to support people detained in Kent prisons and also HMP Pentonville in London.  It works with foreign national prisoners – some of the clients are in prison under immigration regulations, being deemed too high risk to be placed in a removal centre.  Others may be refugees,
former unaccompanied minors, EU migrants, those with long residence who came to the UK with their parents when they were young, and people who are undocumented or stateless.

Many of the people the charity works with have been detained indefinitely; they may have severe mental health issues, and some have made repeated suicide attempts as they felt so helpless.  Most are denied legal aid and have complicated legal issues.  The charity holds bi-monthly surgeries at two prisons, where it signposts and helps people access legal advice and representation. In doing so, it aims to improve the wellbeing of people detained.

At the October 2018 Trustee meeting, the Foundation offered a general contribution of £5,000 to the charity’s running costs.

Prism Start

Prism Start is a community interest company in Norfolk aiming to help ex-offenders into employment, and therefore reducing the likelihood of reoffending. It assists people on release from prison, engaging with them to provide training and work experience. Staff then aim to match individuals with suitable employment opportunities, through developing links with local employers.

Allen Lane has offered a grant to the organisation of £3,500 at the June 2018 Trustee meeting. This will contribute towards Prism Start’s general core costs.

Alternatives to Violence Britain

This is a charity working nationally to “help people learn how to handle conflict without resorting to, or becoming subject to, violence, in any of its numerous forms”. It runs workshops both in prisons and in the wider community, and a six-week distance learning programme for prisoners.

In June 2018, the Allen Lane Foundation awarded a contribution of £4,211 to the charity.  This will fund approximately a quarter of the annual costs of running ‘Facing Up to Conflict’, the distance learning programme for prisoners.  The course is offered free to every prisoner in Britain, and helps participants to handle conflict more effectively through application of non-violent conflict resolution techniques, reflection on past experiences, and increased self-awareness. The grant will support 100 prisoners to benefit.