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Campaign calls for everyone leaving prison to have somewhere safe to live

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Nepacs helpline offers confidential support and information in the North East to individuals and their families/significant others at the point of arrest, at court, in prison and on release. The helpline often receive calls from men and women who have been released from prison with no accommodation. The Helpline Team refer ...

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Visited a north east prison over the last year? HMPs Deerbolt, Durham, Frankland, Holme House, Kirklevington, Low Newton, and Northumberland. We want to hear your views on support you received from Nepacs and your visit experience inc views on booking visits, visit facilities, tea bars, play areas, family visits etc. Please take ...

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Take a walk and take a picture this February

With the half term school holidays here we hope you are looking forward to enjoying some fresh air (with hopefully not much rain!) and fun outdoors.  Our youth team are running a February photo competition for young people aged 8 to 17 years with a loved one in prison in the ...

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Family support at HMP YOI Low Newton praised

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It is great to see the exemplary work by our Nepacs family support, #earlydays & #parentalrights projects highlighted as best practice at HMP YOI LowNewton in a recent report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.  Our team work in partnership with the prison family support worker, DART and other teams across ...

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Support for care leavers in custody featured as best practice

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A special issue of Prison Service Journal out today looks at the issue of care leavers and the criminal justice system.  It features 3 examples of best practice including our Nepacs Care Leavers in Custody project in HMPYOI Deerbolt.  Dawn Simpson is the Nepacs services manager responsible for the overall delivery for the ...

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Thank you to students for donations to prisoners children

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Thank you to all the students at St Leonards Catholic School Durham for their very generous donations at Christmas for children with a parent or loved one in HMP Durham. Our team were overwhelmed with the fantastic toys, games, toiletries and sweets donated by the young people from the school. These presents ...

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FREE Fun activity packs for children

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Looking for ideas to entertain your children? Apply now for one of our FREE age-appropriate activity packs for children – aged 4 to 17 years. Our fun craft and activity packs are for any children in the north east who are impacted by having a loved one involved in the criminal justice ...

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Visits update for north east prisons

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We regret to inform you that visits to HMP Durham, HMP YOI Deerbolt and HMP YOI Low Newton are temporarily cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Property for prisoners at HMP Durham can not be handed or posted in for prisoners at this time.   If you would like to speak to a member of ...

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Letter to families from Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons

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Phil Copple, Director General Prisons, has written to prisoners’ families regarding the impact of the government’s decision to move to COVID Plan B. The letter has been published on the Prisoners’ Families website here: Covid-19: A Letter to Prisoners' Families from Phil Copple, Director General Prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service ...

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Our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 fundraiser is now live - from noon on Tuesday  30 November to noon on Tuesday 7 December 2021. The campaign aims to raise much needed funds to support children with a loved one in a north east prison. Over 300,000 children are impacted by parental imprisonment ...

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