This organisation was set up in 2013 to support families in Brighton, West and East Sussex to cope with the emotional and practical issues which can arise when a family member is imprisoned. Help is available at the earliest opportunity through direct contact at court, and as they progress through the criminal justice system. Sussex Prisoners’ Families provides information, advice and guidance and signposting to local community-based services to en-sure families can access the help and support they need.
£7,000 was offered to this organisation at the June 2015 meeting of Trustees. The funding will contribute towards salary costs of a Court Family Support and Outreach Worker, and some associated costs. This role will recruit, train and supervise volunteers, provide addi-tional support to referrals made by court volunteers, and access further opportunities to de-velop the scheme further.