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Nepacs attends Service of Thanksgiving

Nepacs joined hundreds of charities at a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 8 June 2022 to celebrate the remarkable difference they make in their communities. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was among the guests at the special service, which was held by the Benefact Group to celebrate ...

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Letter to families from Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons May 2022

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Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons has issued a new letter for families providing an update on COVID-19 restrictions in prisons. The full letter is available on the prisoners families helpline website HERE. If you have any questions about visiting a north east prison please visit our website HERE or contact our ...

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North East charity launches 2022 crime reduction awards

Individuals working with prisoners, ex-prisoners or those sentenced to community punishments in the North East are being given the chance to get recognition for their efforts to reduce re-offending by entering the 2022 Nepacs Ruth Cranfield Awards. Nepacs, a charity which has been around for over 135 years, presents the awards ...

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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner visits Nepacs at HMP Durham

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On Tuesday 12 April 2022 we were delighted to welcome Joy Allen, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner to meet our team at HMP Durham, in Durham City.  During the visit Joy heard about the support we offer from the point of arrest and court by our helpline and support at courts ...

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Nepacs welcomes Lord Farmer to north east prisons

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We were delighted to welcome Lord Farmer to the north east last week (30 and 31 March 2022) to hear about our work at HMPs Durham, Frankland and Low Newton to support family ties. This included sharing information on our visits services, family support services, youth and support at court ...

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HMPPS Update to Prisoners Families - 31 March 2022

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Changes to Covid testing for visits Visitors to prisons will no longer be required to take Covid tests from Friday 1 April 2022. HMPPS is making this change because regular Covid testing in the wider community is coming to an end, and testing kits will no longer be provided for free in ...

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Change of video call service

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We know how important it is for friends and family members to stay in touch with their loved ones in prison. Secure video calls are one of the ways that you can do this, as well as face-to-face visits and other ways of staying in touch. Over the next few months, ...

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North east charities call for telephone support volunteers

During the pandemic a lot of charities have had to increase the level of telephone support they offer, instead of the typical face to face work they would usually do. Some of these charities have seen a decrease in their volunteer numbers over the last 18 months.  Citizens Advice County Durham and ...

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