Nepacs has launched a helpline to support people navigating their way through the criminal justice system in the North East. We can offer information and support to individuals, their families and loved ones at the point of arrest, at court, throughout a prison sentence, and on release.
Our friendly team of helpline volunteers are available to offer a listening ear to those who need someone to talk to, and will provide important information about processes and next steps.
Monday and Friday 12noon - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am - 2pm
Freephone 0800 012 1539
Text 07983 437 457
If you have concerns about a loved one in prison you can contact the prison's Safer Custody line. Details are on our website here.
If you know the location of your loved one in prison and would prefer to call the Nepacs staff based at that establishment the contact details are below.
Our Visitors Centres for prisons in the North East are starting to reopen to the public, if you would like someone to talk or have concerns about a loved one in prison we have staff at the end of the phone to help:
HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange visitors - If you could like to speak to someone please call our visitors centre on 01642 744080 or 01642 744304 on the following days: Tuesday 10am to 7pm, Wed 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 4pm and weekends 8am to 4pm. If you are concerned about a loved one in HMP Holme House you can also contact the family support team Monday to Friday on 01642 744418 (leave a message and someone will call you back)
HMP Durham visitors - If you would like to speak to our visitors centre team please call 0191 3323676, Monday to Sunday 9am to 2pm. If you are concerned about a loved one in HMP Durham or require support please contact the Family Support Team in HMP Durham on 0191 332 3518 and leave a message if you don't get an immediate response. The line is checked Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.
HMP Frankland visitors - contact our visits team leader Cath on 07726 655293 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
HMP&YOI Low Newton visitors - contact our family engagement manager from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 07854 594054.
HMP Deerbolt visitors - contact our visits team leader Linda from 10am to 2pm, Monday, Thursday and Saturday - tel 07726 611176 or our family support team on 01833 633416 Tuesday or Wednesday from 9am to 4pm.
HMP Northumberland visitors - contact our visits team on 01670 383736 from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday or contact the team leader on 07726 611175 between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
For children and young people aged 8 to 17 years
If you are worried about a young person impacted by a relative's imprisonment in the north east and would like to arrange for some telephone or online support please contact our youth project on email@example.com or tel 07964 959959.
You can also contact us or give feedback on our services by filling out the form below.
If your enquiry is urgent and regarding the safety of a loved one in prison, then please contact the prison direct and speak to their safer custody team as this e-mail is not monitored 24/7.
For general enquiries you can contact our head office:
20 Old Elvet,
Tel: 0191 375 7278
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Please note: We are unable to help with booking or cancelling prison visits. Please ring the relevant booked visits line to book or cancel.